sharp-tailed grouse

[ shahrp-teyld ]
/ ˈʃɑrpˌteɪld /

noun

a grouse, Pedioecetes phasianellus, of prairies and open forests of western North America, similar in size to the prairie chicken but with a more pointed tail.

Origin of sharp-tailed grouse

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85
Also called sprigtail.
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