prairie chicken


noun

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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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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