Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Eurasian partridge (Alectoris chukar) with grayish-brown plumage and red legs and bill, introduced into western North America as a game bird.

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  • noun A species of partridge native to central Asia. (Alectoris chukar)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Hindi cakor, from Sanskrit cakoraḥ.]

Examples

  • Battle Mountain bird hunters tend to settle for something called a chukar, a bird with the peculiar habit of running up hills and flying down.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Battle Mountain bird hunters tend to settle for something called a chukar, a bird with the peculiar habit of running up hills and flying down.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Battle Mountain bird hunters tend to settle for something called a chukar, a bird with the peculiar habit of running up hills and flying down.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Battle Mountain bird hunters tend to settle for something called a chukar, a bird with the peculiar habit of running up hills and flying down.

    The Fiddler in the Subway

  • Still, the chukar is the national bird of Pakistan, and just last year was featured on a postage stamp.

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  • Still, the chukar is the national bird of Pakistan, and just last year was featured on a postage stamp.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • Still, the chukar is the national bird of Pakistan, and just last year was featured on a postage stamp.

    StarTribune.com rss feed

  • In between the 9th (1987) and 10th (1993) editions, the M-W lexicographers discovered that the people who had imported the bird into the western US called it simply "chukar," not "chukar partridge," and furthermore pronounced it in a completely anglicized form, not knowing or caring that that made it a homophone of some polo term.

    languagehat.com: CHUKAR.

  • Hmm … one can think of neutral introductions, such as chukar in the western US.

    RealClimate

  • Hmm … one can think of neutral introductions, such as chukar in the western US.

    RealClimate

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  • A.k.a. chukar partridge. Extremely difficult to track or hunt because they prefer the folds of very steep, grassy mountain ridges. One laboriously follows them up the mountain, then at the moment of truth they flush, sail into the next fold, and sail all the way down to the bottom, sometimes hundreds and hundreds of feet below. Best hunting technique (I don't hunt) is to have several hunters run the birds up the mountain to ensconced hunters waiting at the top.

    September 19, 2009