pheasant

Definitions

  • japan pheasant
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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pheasant large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
    • n pheasant flesh of a pheasant; usually braised
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Roman emperors ate flamingo tongues which were considered a delicacy. Also parrotfish livers, and pheasant brains were feasted on
    • Pheasant (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.
    • Pheasant (Zoöl) The ruffed grouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pheasant A bird of the genus Phasianus, family Phasianidæ. (See the technical names.) Phasianus colchicus, the bird originally called pheasant from its supposed origin, of which nothing is certainly known, and now for many centuries naturalized in Great Britain and in other parts of Europe. The cock bird in full plumage is nearly three feet long, of which length the tail is more than half. The head and neck are deep steel-blue, glancing greenish in some lights; and there is a bare red skin about the eyes. The general color is golden-brown, varying to chestnut or plain brown, on most parts intimately barred or laced with black. The hen is more yellowish-brown, and only about two thirds as long. This pheasant runs into some varieties in domestication, and also crosses freely with several related species. The several other forms of the restricted genus are definitely known as to their origin and habitat, all being natives of China and Tibet and more southerly regions of Asia, as well as of Japan and many other islands included in the Oriental fauna. Several of these are often seen in aviaries and in semi-domestication. They are such as Shaw's, P. shawi; the Mongolian, P. mongolicus; the Yarkand, P. insignis; the Formosan, P. formosanus; the ring-necked, P. torquatus; the Chinese ringless, P. decollatus; the Japanese green, P. versicolor; the green-backed golden, P. elegans; also pheasants known as Reeves's, Wallich's, Sömmering's, Swinhoe's, Elliot's, etc. Pheasants have often been introduced in the United States, where, however, none have been thoroughly naturalized, unless the cases of P. versicolor and P. sœmmeringi in Oregon should prove successful.
    • n pheasant 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pheasant fez′ant a gallinaceous bird abundant in Britain, and highly valued as food
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. fesant, fesaunt, OF. faisant, faisan, F. faisan, L. phasianus, Gr. (sc. ) the Phasian bird, pheasant, fr. a river in Colchis or Pontus
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. faisan—L. Phasiana (avis)—Gr. Phasianos, of Phasis, in Colchis.

Usage

In literature:

Now it was the third week in November, and the woods rang with the noise of pheasant-shooting.
"Puck of Pook's Hill" by Rudyard Kipling
But the Crossoptilon pheasant, and even the common pheasant, show that the tail feathers can be developed very early.
"Alfred Russel Wallace: Letters and Reminiscences, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by James Marchant
How would you like a pheasant, my poet, and a bottle of Mignon's bin of '39?
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
What on the face of the wood made him think of pheasants' eggs, I cannot conceive.
"Brothers of Pity and Other Tales of Beasts and Men" by Juliana Horatia Gatty Ewing
He doth, at meals, alone his pheasant eat, Which is main greatness.
"English Satires" by Various
You can have them if you like, Pheasant.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
It will be hot work among the pheasants if Holder has not lost his voice.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 158, February 4, 1920" by Various
Another has a tail like a pheasant, but in other respects cannot be said to resemble that bird.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 2. (of 7): Assyria" by George Rawlinson
You have had a good day at your host's pheasants and his rabbits.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 103, December 3, 1892" by Various
Pheasants, though rare, may be obtained five or six in a day.
"Sketches From My Life" by Hobart Pasha
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In poetry:

I shall hear the pheasants call,
And the raucous geese;
Down these ways, another Fall,
I shall walk with Peace.
"Paths" by Dorothy Parker
I shot the squirrel near his den.
The silly rabbit near her lair;
And captured ev'ry now and then,
A pheasant in my cunning snare.
"Youthful Reminiscences" by David John Scott
So a while they laughed together;
Then he rose and with a frown
Sighed, "While still 'tis pheasant weather,
I must leave thee, Low-lie-down."
"Ballad Of Low-Lie-Down" by Madison Julius Cawein
The pheasant, though no more in view,
His cry, below, above, forth sends.
Alas! my princely lord, 'tis you--
Your absence, that my bosom rends.
"A Wife Deplores The Absence Of Her Husband" by Confucius
It was pheasant hunting time when I first saw you,
It was still then the summer of Rustaveli,
A summer that was all but over,
And I wish I had not drunk so much badagi
And I wish I had not just sharpened my sword.
"Once More Meeting The Kipchak" by Giorgi Leonidze
Groves freshened as he looked, and flowers
Showed bright on rocky bank,
And fountains welled beneath the bowers,
Where deer and pheasant drank.
He saw the glittering streams, he heard
The rustling bough and twittering bird.
"The Hunter's Vision" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

Pheasant Season Opens Today In Marion County.
Posts With Keyword ' pheasant .
In an effort to learn more about pheasants and their relationship to habitat, I talked to Chad Bloom who is the Southern Minnesota Regional Representative for Pheasants Forever.
According to Bloom, pheasants consistently search out food areas when coming off of their nighttime roost.
Hunting season opens Nov 10 for pheasant , turkey and dove.
A RING-NECK PHEASANT , compliments of Pheasants Forever.
Pheasants or other birds that eat seed corn treated with Avipel will suffer an unpleasant reaction.
Thank you to the city of Marshall for the wonderful opportunity to attend the second annual Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Opener.
STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Pheasant hunting tips According to a DNR wildlife research biologist, pheasants follow a schedule as routine as your daily commute to and from work.
" Pheasants are coming off four banner years in Colorado," Gorman said.
Prejean's Pheasant , Quail and Andouille Gumbo.
The famous pheasant , quail and andouille gumbo is in the cookbook of Prejean's, the restaurant in Lafayette that serves umteen gallons of it at Jazz Fest.
Repeat with the remaining 2 pheasants .
We didn't kill as many pheasants as we did last year, but it was pretty close.
Wild turkey, pheasant hunting seasons open.
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