prairie chicken

[ prair-ee chik-uhn ]
/ ˈprɛər i ˌtʃɪk ən /

noun

either of two North American gallinaceous birds of western prairies, Tympanuchus cupido(greater prairie chicken ), or T. pallidicinctus(lesser prairie chicken ), having brown, black, white, and rufous plumage: both species, once abundant, have diminished greatly in number and are classified as vulnerable.

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Also called prairie fowl, prai·rie grouse [grous] /ˌgraʊs/ .

Origin of prairie chicken

An Americanism dating back to 1685–95
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British Dictionary definitions for prairie chicken

prairie chicken

prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen


noun

either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
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