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willow ptarmigan

noun
1.
a ptarmigan, Lagopus lagopus, of arctic and subarctic regions of the New and Old Worlds, having brown, mottled plumage in summer and white plumage in winter.
Compare red grouse.
Origin of willow ptarmigan
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism
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