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prairie chicken

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  1. 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.
  2. sharp-tailed grouse.
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Origin of prairie chicken

An Americanism dating back to 1685–95
Also called prairie fowl, prairie grouse.

prairie fowl

  1. prairie chicken.
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Origin of prairie fowl

An Americanism dating back to 1795–1805
Also called prairie grouse.
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British Dictionary definitions for prairie-grouse

prairie chicken

prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen

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