Origin of pheasant
Examples from the Web for pheasant
It is the first time Charles has been pictured with a gun on a pheasant shoot since December 2008.Prince Charles Photographed Shooting, Charges of Animal Cruelty and Royal Hypocrisy Reignited|Tom Sykes|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Wood pigeon, pheasant, partridge, grouse, peacocks, hares, wild rabbits, and waterfowl are all dietary staples.
The pheasant calls for Pommard, while songbirds and hare lend themselves to aged Bordeaux or a light Gevrey.
Hemingway is shown on p. 89, pensive with rifle at a pheasant shoot in Idaho.Defining American Cool From Walt Whitman to Tina Fey and Johnny Depp|Jason Berry|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Along with pheasant- and grouse-shooting, chicken-raising ranks high on the list.
If pheasant is not obtainable, prairie chicken is a perfect substitute for it, or woodcock will do in the place of either.Gala Day Luncheons|Caroline Benedict Burrell
The gamekeeper replied that he had, and a pheasant that was caught in one of them.
At that, I hold no brief for the pheasant—except when served with breadcrumb dressing and currant jelly he is no friend of mine.Europe Revised|Irvin S. Cobb
The countryman was pleased at the offer, and set the pheasant free.Georgian Folk Tales|Unknown
The first contained about five hundred Lady Amherst pheasant skins, falling to pieces and lacking heads and legs.Our Vanishing Wild Life|William T. Hornaday
British Dictionary definitions for pheasant
Word Origin for pheasant
Word Origin and History for pheasant
late 13c. (mid-12c. as a surname), from Anglo-French fesaunt, Old French faisan (13c.) "pheasant," from Latin phasianus, from Greek phasianos "a pheasant," literally "Phasian bird," from Phasis, river flowing into the Black Sea in Colchis, where the birds were said to have been numerous. The ph- was restored in English late 14c. (see ph). The excrescent -t is due to confusion with -ant suffix of nouns formed from present participle of verbs in first Latin conjugation (peasant, tyrant, etc.).