prairie chicken

noun
1.
either of two North American gallinaceous birds of western prairies, Tympanuchus cupido (greater prairie chicken) or T. pallidicinctus (lesser prairie chicken) having rufous, brown, black, and white plumage.
Also called prairie fowl, prairie grouse.


Origin:
1685–95, Americanism

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prairie chicken, prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen
 
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either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
 
prairie fowl, prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen
 
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prairie grouse, prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen
 
n
 
prairie hen, prairie fowl, prairie grouse or prairie hen
 
n

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The prairie chicken cannot be perpetuated within the environment of civilization.
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