Definition of pheasant in English:

pheasant

Syllabification: pheas·ant
Pronunciation: /ˈfez(ə)nt
 
/

noun

A large long-tailed game bird native to Asia, the male of which typically has very showy plumage.
  • Family Phasianidae: several genera and many species, in particular the ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus), which has been widely introduced for shooting
More example sentences
  • I watched lapwings competing for nest sites on the damp fields where I also saw pheasants, grey partridges, teal and mallards.
  • Game bird rearers say the demand for pheasants and partridges is rising as more country estate owners and farmers cash in on the boom.
  • Burnett says young pheasants are especially vulnerable to buzzard attacks.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French fesan, via Latin from Greek phasianos '(bird) of Phasis', the name of a river in the Caucasus, from which the bird is said to have spread westward.

Definition of pheasant in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day vituperate
Pronunciation: vɪˈtjuːpəreɪt
verb
blame or insult (someone) in strong language...