lesser prairie chicken
See under prairie chicken(def 1).
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Definition for lesser prairie chicken (2 of 2)
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.
Origin of prairie chicken
An Americanism dating back to 1685–95
Also called prairie fowl, prairie grouse.
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British Dictionary definitions for lesser prairie chicken
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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