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prairie chicken

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
An Americanism dating back to 1685-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Right in the height of the prairie chicken season too, and those other fellows, three of them, off bagging every bit of the game!

    The White Shield Myrtle Reed
  • The prairie chicken has disappeared from the prairies and plains.

    Conservation Reader Harold W. Fairbanks
  • The prairie cock is known to western sportsmen as "prairie chicken;" it is a species of grouse.

  • Their shoot was productive of a splendid bag––prairie chicken and geese.

    The Hound From The North Ridgwell Cullum
  • Another bird sure to interest the sportsman is the Patagonian prairie chicken known as the tinamou.

  • Wild ducks, geese, and swans haunt the lakes and rivers, while on the prairies are flocks of prairie chicken.

  • We have had an abundance of game, too—all kinds of grouse and prairie chicken, and the men killed one antelope.

  • They found that dried peas were just as good as shot for prairie chicken, quail and pigeons, so always hunted them with these.

  • The prairie chicken has entirely disappeared from this locality.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The Columbian sharp-tailed grouse is the "prairie chicken" of eastern Washington.

British Dictionary definitions for prairie chicken

prairie chicken

either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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