ptarmigan

[ tahr-mi-guhn ]
/ ˈtɑr mɪ gən /

noun, plural ptar·mi·gans, (especially collectively) ptar·mi·gan.

any of several grouses of the genus Lagopus, of mountainous and cold northern regions, having feathered feet.

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Origin of ptarmigan

1590–1600; pseudo-Greek spelling of Scots Gaelic tarmarchan, akin to Irish tarmanach

Words nearby ptarmigan

psyops, psywar, pt, PTA, Ptah, ptarmigan, PT boat, PTC, PTCA, Pte, pter-
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British Dictionary definitions for ptarmigan

ptarmigan
/ (ˈtɑːmɪɡən) /

noun plural -gans or -gan

any of several arctic and subarctic grouse of the genus Lagopus, esp L. mutus, which has a white winter plumage
(sometimes capital) a created domestic fancy pigeon with ruffled or curled feathers on the wings and back

Word Origin for ptarmigan

C16: changed (perhaps influenced by Greek pteron wing) from Scottish Gaelic tarmachan, diminutive of tarmach, of obscure origin
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