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pheasant

[ fez-uhnt ]
/ ˈfɛz ənt /
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noun

any of numerous large, usually long-tailed, Old World gallinaceous birds of the family Phasianidae, widely introduced.
any of various other birds that resemble or suggest a pheasant.
Southern U.S. the ruffed grouse.

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Origin of pheasant

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English fesaunt, from Anglo-French; Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Greek phāsiānós (órnis) “(bird) of the Phasis,” a river in the Caucasus

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British Dictionary definitions for pheasant

pheasant
/ (ˈfɛzənt) /

noun

any of various long-tailed gallinaceous birds of the family Phasianidae, esp Phasianus colchicus (ring-necked pheasant), having a brightly-coloured plumage in the male: native to Asia but introduced elsewhere
any of various other gallinaceous birds of the family Phasianidae, including the quails and partridges
US and Canadian any of several other gallinaceous birds, esp the ruffed grouse

Word Origin for pheasant

C13: from Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Greek phasianos ornis Phasian bird, named after the River Phasis, in Colchis
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