Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Pl. polyplectra (-trä). An obsolete variety of harpsichord or spinet.
- n. [capitalized] [NL. (Temminck, 1815).] A magnificent genus of Phasianidæ, of the subfamily Pavoninæ, having the tarsi with two or more spurs, and the plumage more or less ocellated, as in the peacock; the peacockpheasants. The best-known species is P. bicalcaratum or chinquis; others are P. germani, helenæ, schleirmachi, and thibetanum. More different than these are the Napoleon pheasant of the Moluccas, P. emphanum (or napoleonis), and the Sumatran p. chalcurum. Also called Diplectropus, Diplectron, Diplectrum.
“Mountains; where is also found another splendid species, the peacock-pheasant of Thibet, the latter closely allied to a still more gorgeous bird, the crested polyplectron of the Moluccas.”
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