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game bird

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noun
  1. any bird hunted chiefly for sport, as a quail or pheasant, especially such a bird that is protected by game laws.
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Origin of game bird

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for game bird

Historical Examples

  • Chicken-hazard is scotched, not killed; but a poor, weazened, etiolated biped is that once game-bird now.

    The Gaming Table: Its Votaries and Victims

    Andrew Steinmetz

  • Argus, a pheasant, a beautiful Oriental game-bird, so called from the eye-like markings on its plumage.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

    Edited by Rev. James Wood

  • If you spread open the wing of any game-bird, you will find the upper part (near the second joint) more or less bare.

    Dog Breaking

    William Nelson Hutchinson


British Dictionary definitions for game bird

game bird

noun
  1. a bird of any species hunted as game
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