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sharp-tailed grouse

[shahrp-teyld] /ˈʃɑrpˌteɪld/
noun
1.
a grouse, Pedioecetes phasianellus, of prairies and open forests of western North America, similar in size to the prairie chicken but with a more pointed tail.
Also called sprigtail.
Origin of sharp-tailed grouse
1775-1785
1775-85, Americanism
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  • The splendid sage grouse and the sharp-tailed grouse are greatly reduced in numbers.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The Columbian sharp-tailed grouse is the "prairie chicken" of eastern Washington.

  • Sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse are becoming extinct, both in Wyoming and North Dakota.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • For example, the pinnated grouse and sharp-tailed grouse are more plentiful than in 15 years.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • Sage grouse and Columbian sharp-tailed grouse are so nearly extinct that it may practically be said that they are extinct.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • After breakfast Harris went off on horseback, and brought in a sharp-tailed grouse.

  • "The drumming of that sharp-tailed grouse is like that of the pheasants of old Virginia," responded Lewis.

    The Conquest Eva Emery Dye
  • During the course of the forenoon he and Bell went off again, and brought home an old and young of the sharp-tailed grouse.

  • Sage grouse and sharp-tailed grouse; nearly all the shore birds.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The sharp-tailed grouse feeds on rose-berries and the seeds of the wild sunflower and grasshoppers.

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