any of several grouses of the genus Lagopus, of mountainous and cold northern regions, having feathered feet.
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How to use ptarmigan in a sentence
This bird is a species of ptarmigan, and is pure white, with the exception of the tips of the wings and tail.
In winter the woods and frozen swamps are filled with ptarmigan—or, as they are called by the trappers, white partridges.
One or two flocks of ptarmigan, scared by the storm, flew swiftly past us, and sought shelter in the neighbouring forest.
The rose-finch and the ptarmigan live the year round near the snow-line above the limits of tree growth.Your National Parks | Enos A. Mills
I don't know whether they are the willow ptarmigan or the white-tail ptarmigan.Jack the Young Canoeman | George Bird Grinnell
British Dictionary definitions for ptarmigan
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
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