noun, plural ptar·mi·gans, (especially collectively) ptar·mi·gan.
Origin of ptarmigan
Examples from the Web for ptarmigan
The ptarmigan are somewhat larger than either of these kinds, but in other respects differ but little from them.The Young Voyageurs|Mayne Reid
Up to this date we had shot during our journey only one bear and a couple of ptarmigan.In the Arctic Seas|Francis Leopold McClintock
Flocks of gulls, geese, ptarmigan, and other Arctic fowls wheeled round us.The Goddess of Atvatabar|William R. Bradshaw
Ptarmigan had crept up and would go past, but she was large and allowed Red Rose some time.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
To us the ptarmigan was at all times fascinating, but it proved ever a thing of mystery.My Attainment of the Pole|Frederick A. Cook
noun plural -gans or -gan
Word Origin for ptarmigan
bird of the grouse family, 1590s, from Gaelic tarmachan, of unknown origin. The pt- spelling (1680s) is a mistaken Greek construction (perhaps based on pteron "wing").