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game bird

any bird hunted chiefly for sport, as a quail or pheasant, especially such a bird that is protected by game laws.
Origin of game bird
1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you spread open the wing of any game-bird, you will find the upper part (near the second joint) more or less bare.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • Chicken-hazard is scotched, not killed; but a poor, weazened, etiolated biped is that once game-bird now.

  • Argus, a pheasant, a beautiful Oriental game-bird, so called from the eye-like markings on its plumage.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for game-bird

game bird

a bird of any species hunted as game
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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