willow ptarmigan


noun

a ptarmigan, Lagopus lagopus, of arctic and subarctic regions of the New and Old Worlds, having brown, mottled plumage in summer and white plumage in winter.

Nearby words

  1. willow flycatcher,
  2. willow grouse,
  3. willow herb,
  4. willow oak,
  5. willow pattern,
  6. willow run,
  7. willow tit,
  8. willow warbler,
  9. willow-leaved jessamine,
  10. willowbrook

Compare red grouse.

Origin of willow ptarmigan

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75

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