Definition of monal in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɒˈnɑːl/

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(also monal pheasant)


An Asian pheasant of mountainous wooded country, the male having dark plumage with colourful iridescence.
  • Genus Lophophorus, family Phasianidae: three species, e.g. the crested Himalayan monal (L. impeyanus).
Example sentences
  • For example, snow partridge and Himalayan monal pheasant are facing local extinction from many valleys.
  • This fan is made from the feathers of the Himalayan monal, a pheasant found in India, Pakistan, and Nepal.
  • For the conservation of Himalayan monal and its associated species, it would be important to set aside large undisturbed areas of high altitude oak-rhododendron forests.


Mid 18th century: from Nepali monāl, from Hindi munāl.

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