American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various Old World birds of the family Phasianidae, especially the ring-necked pheasant introduced in North America, characteristically having long tails and, in the males of many species, brilliantly colored plumage.
- n. Any of several other birds that resemble the pheasant, such as the partridge.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Phasianus, family Phasianidæ. (See the technical names.) Phasianus colchicus, the bird originally called
pheasantfrom its supposed origin, of which nothing is certainly known, and now for many centuries naturalized in Great Britain and in other parts of Europe. The cock bird in full plumage is nearly three feet long, of which length the tail is more than half. The head and neck are deep steel-blue, glancing greenish in some lights; and there is a bare red skin about the eyes. The general color is golden-brown, varying to chestnut or plain brown, on most parts intimately barred or laced with black. The hen is more yellowish-brown, and only about two thirds as long. This pheasant runs into some varieties in domestication, and also crosses freely with several related species. The several other forms of the restricted genus are definitely known as to their origin and habitat, all being natives of China and Tibet and more southerly regions of Asia, as well as of Japan and many other islands included in the Oriental fauna. Several of these are often seen in aviaries and in semi-domestication. They are such as Shaw's, P. shawi; the Mongolian, P. mongolicus; the Yarkand, P. insignis; the Formosan, P. formosanus; the ring-necked, P. torquatus; the Chinese ringless, P. decollatus; the Japanese green, P. versicolor; the green-backed golden, P. elegans; also pheasants known as Reeves's, Wallich's, Sömmering's, Swinhoe's, Elliot's, etc. Pheasants have often been introduced in the United States, where, however, none have been thoroughly naturalized, unless the cases of P. versicolor and P. sœmmeringi in Oregon should prove successful.
- n. This name is popularly applied to a great variety of gallinaceous birds, including curassows, mound-builders, and francolins; and sometimes it is extended to other birds which in size or habits suggest the fowls. Such are the lyre-birds of Australia and the ground-cuckoos, Centropus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of large gallinaceous birds of the genus Phasianus, and many other genera of the family
Phasianidæ, found chiefly in Asia.
- n. (Zoöl.), Southern U.S. The ruffed grouse.
- n. large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
- n. flesh of a pheasant; usually braised
- From Middle English fesant, from Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Ancient Greek φασιανός (phasianos) ("bird of the river Φᾶσις (Phȃsis)") from where, it was supposed, the bird spread to the west. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English fesaunt, from Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Greek phāsiānos (ornīs), (bird) of the Phasis River, pheasant, from Phāsis, the ancient name for the Rioni River in the Republic of Georgia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“However, if the pheasant is within 25 yards and is in the middle of the pattern, even #8's can be effective.”
“I had to pay something over three solid sovereigns for them, as in those days such things were dear, which showed me that I was not going to get my lesson in English pheasant shooting for nothing.”
“Making a play on the word pheasant doesn't make you Oscar Bloody Wilde.”
“The same powers continually tend to overshadow the face of the country with thick forests; the timber of the hills, and the flax of the plains, contribute to the abundance of naval stores; the wild and tame animals, the horse, the ox, and the hog, are remarkably prolific, and the name of the pheasant is expressive of his native habitation on the banks of the”
“Familiarly known as a pheasant, and having one feature at least in common with the family, it makes no claim to direct relationship.”
“The pile is frequently topped off with a brace or two of ruffed grouse, there called pheasant, or a wild-turkey, less often a deer, and more often hares; which last multiply along the narrow intervales in extraordinary numbers.”
“We have two kinds of partridges; one larger, and the other smaller, than those of Europe: the former reside chiefly in the woods, and is in the southern states called a pheasant; but it is in fact neither one nor the other: the latter is called a quail in the northern states.”
“The breast, wings and merry-thought of a pheasant are the most highly prized, although the legs are considered very finely flavored.”
“Brother Kmoch had kept up with Jonathan, and saw, among the bushes, the same kind of large partridge, or American wild pheasant, which is found about Okkak, but seems only to live in woods.”
“Listening, as he now was, intently, McKeith could hear the gurgling Coo-roo-roo of the swamp pheasant, which is always found near water – and likewise rare sound – the silvery ring of the bell-bird rejoicing in the fresh-filled lagoon.”
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