Definition of ptarmigan in English:

ptarmigan

Line breaks: ptar|migan
Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːmɪɡ(ə)n
 
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noun

A northern grouse of mountainous and Arctic regions, with feathered legs and feet and plumage that typically changes to white in winter.
  • Genus Lagopus, family Tetraonidae: two species, in particular the (rock) ptarmigan (L. mutus) of Eurasia and North America
More example sentences
  • Most game birds are also galliforms, including grouse, partridges, pheasants, quails, ptarmigans, and wild turkeys.
  • Willow ptarmigan, rock ptarmigan and spruce grouse are a few of the ground-dwelling birds.
  • The biologist and writer Julian Huxley, grandson of Darwin's great friend and supporter Thomas Henry Huxley, thought that the white plumage of the male ptarmigan might distract a predator away from the female.

Origin

late 16th century: from Scottish Gaelic tàrmachan. The spelling with p- was introduced later, suggested by Greek words starting with pt-.

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