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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
1685-1695
1685-95, Americanism
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  • The prairie chicken cannot be perpetuated within the environment of civilization.
British Dictionary definitions for prairie chicken

prairie chicken

noun
1.
either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
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