from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Any of various game birds of the family Phasianidae, characteristically having a long tail, especially the ring-necked pheasant. The males of many species have brilliantly colored plumage.
- noun Any of several other birds that resemble a pheasant, such as a partridge.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A bird of the genus Phasianus, family Phasianidæ. (See the technical names.)
- noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun (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.
- noun (Zoöl.), Southern U.S. The ruffed grouse.
- noun See
- noun (Zoöl.) a Chinese pheasant (
Thaumalea picta), having rich, varied colors. The crest is amber-colored, the rump is golden yellow, and the under parts are scarlet.
- noun (Zoöl.), [Local, U.S.] the ruffed grouse.
- noun (Zoöl.) a large Australian cuckoo (
Centropus phasianus). The general color is black, with chestnut wings and brown tail. Called also pheasant cuckoo. The name is also applied to other allied species.
- noun (Zoöl.) The hooded merganser.
- noun (Zoöl.) a large and beautiful Australian parrakeet (
Platycercus Adelaidensis). The male has the back black, the feathers margined with yellowish blue and scarlet, the quills deep blue, the wing coverts and cheeks light blue, the crown, sides of the neck, breast, and middle of the belly scarlet.
- noun (Bot.) The garden pink (
Dianthus plumarius); -- called also Pheasant's-eye pink.
- noun (Zoöl.) any marine univalve shell of the genus Phasianella, of which numerous species are found in tropical seas. The shell is smooth and usually richly colored, the colors often forming blotches like those of a pheasant.
- noun (Bot.) Same as Partridge wood (a), under
- noun (Zoöl.) the pintail.
- noun (Zoöl.) The hooded merganser.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
birdof family Phasianidae, often hunted for food.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
- noun flesh of a pheasant; usually braised
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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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 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.
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.
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.