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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
1870-1875
1870-75, Americanism
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