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prairie chicken

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 of prairie chicken
1685-95, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • We found them larger and darker, than the Kansas grouse or prairie-chicken; but no less rich and gamey in taste.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • "The—the prairie-chicken," said Nancy, to make him feel that he was quite forgiven.

    The Devourers Annie Vivanti Chartres
  • They were famous hunters, and could shoot a deer upon the run, or bring down a prairie-chicken upon the wing.

    Winning His Way Charles Carleton Coffin
  • Roasted duck and prairie-chicken; stewed rabbit and broiled fish fresh out of the lake!

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • The prairie-chicken is now extinct in many of the Western States where it was once well known.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • Grouse and prairie-chicken are carved from the breast when they are large, and quartered or halved when of medium size.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • I no longer get heart failure when I hear the whir of a prairie-chicken, but drop my bird before it's out of range.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • The prairie-chicken's admirers are numerous, other animals beside man being willing to dine on its plump breast.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
  • The snow-banks are thawing to-day (April 10), and this morning the birds were singing, and a prairie-chicken went boo-o-o-o.

  • The flying turkey will not shrink, as the prairie-chicken does, when receiving and carrying off lead.

    Buffalo Land W. E. Webb
British Dictionary definitions for prairie-chicken

prairie chicken

either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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