any bird hunted chiefly for sport, as a quail or pheasant, especially such a bird that is protected by game laws.
Which Came First: Turkey The Bird, Or Turkey The Nation?The republic of Turkey (look north of Egypt, east of Greece) isn't exactly a breeding ground for the bird that Americans associate with Thanksgiving. In fact, the turkey is native to North America ... so, why do they share the same name?
Origin of game bird
First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for game bird
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
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
a bird of any species hunted as game
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