from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bird of family Phasianidae, often hunted for food.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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. The ruffed grouse.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the genus Phasianus, family Phasianidæ. (See the technical names.)
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
- n. flesh of a pheasant; usually braised
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.