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lesser prairie chicken

noun
1.
See under prairie chicken (def 1).

prairie chicken

noun
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.
Also called prairie fowl, prairie grouse.
Origin of prairie chicken
1685-1695
An Americanism dating back to 1685-95
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British Dictionary definitions for lesser prairie chicken

prairie chicken

noun
1.
either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
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