lesser prairie chicken
- See under prairie chicken(def 1).
- either of two North American gallinaceous birds of western prairies, Tympanuchus cupido (greater prairie chicken), or T. pallidicinctus (lesser prairie chicken), having rufous, brown, black, and white plumage.
- sharp-tailed grouse.
Origin of prairie chicken
An Americanism dating back to 1685–95
Also called prairie fowl, prairie grouse.
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prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen
- either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
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