white-tailed ptarmigan

noun

Definition of white-tailed ptarmigan 

: a rather small ptarmigan (Lagopus leucurus) of mountainous regions from Alaska to New Mexico that becomes pure white in winter

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First Known Use of white-tailed ptarmigan

1834, in the meaning defined above

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