Definitions for pheasantˈfɛz ənt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pheas•antˈfɛz ənt(n.)

  1. any of numerous large, typically long-tailed gallinaceous birds of the family Phasianidae, principally of Asia, though introduced in other parts of the world.

    Category: Ornithology

  2. Southern U.S. the ruffed grouse.

    Category: Ornithology

Origin of pheasant:

1250–1300; ME fesaunt < AF; OF fesan < L phāsiānus < Gk phāsiānós (órnis) (bird) of the Phasis, river in Colchis

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pheasant(noun)

    large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere

  2. pheasant(noun)

    flesh of a pheasant; usually braised


  1. pheasant(Noun)

    A bird of family Phasianidae, often hunted for food.

  2. Origin: From fesant, from fesan, from phasianus, from φασιανός ("bird of the river Φᾶσις" from where, it was supposed, the bird spread to the west).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pheasant(noun)

    any one of numerous species of large gallinaceous birds of the genus Phasianus, and many other genera of the family Phasianidae, found chiefly in Asia

  2. Pheasant(noun)

    the ruffed grouse


  1. Pheasant

    Pheasants refer to several genera within the subfamily Phasianinae, of the family Phasianidae in the order Galliformes. Pheasants are characterised by strong sexual dimorphism, males being highly ornate with bright colours and adornments such as wattles and long tails. Males are usually larger than females and have longer tails. Males play no part in rearing the young. Pheasants typically eat seeds and some insects. The best-known is the Common Pheasant, which is widespread throughout the world in introduced feral populations and in farm operations. Various other pheasant species are popular in aviaries, such as the Golden Pheasant.

Translations for pheasant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a type of long-tailed bird, the male of which has brightly-coloured feathers and certain types of which are often shot for sport

a brace of pheasant(s); two pheasants.

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