Definitions for ptarmiganˈtɑr mɪ gən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ptarmigan(noun)

    large Arctic and subarctic grouse with feathered feet and usually white winter plumage


  1. ptarmigan(Noun)

    Any of three species of small grouse in the genus Lagopus found in subarctic tundra areas of North America and Eurasia.

  2. Origin: From tàrmachan. The pt- comes from a mistaken Greek construction.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ptarmigan(noun)

    any grouse of the genus Lagopus, of which numerous species are known. The feet are completely feathered. Most of the species are brown in summer, but turn white, or nearly white, in winter


  1. Rock Ptarmigan

    The rock ptarmigan is a medium-sized gamebird in the grouse family. It is known simply as the ptarmigan in the UK and in Canada, where it is the official bird for the territory of Nunavut, Canada, and the official game bird for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, and colloquially as the snow chicken in the United States. In Japan it is known as the raichou, which means 'thunder bird.' It is the official bird of Toyama Prefecture and is a protected species nationwide.

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