Origin of prairie fowl
An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
Also called prairie grouse.
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Examples from the Web for prairie fowl
They are identical with the prairie-fowl, so common at the West, and are said to be delicious eating.
We hear the same sounds in Longfellow's "Mushkoda-sa," which is, by interpretation, "prairie-fowl."Toronto of Old|Henry Scadding