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prairie chicken

Syllabification: prai·rie chick·en
(also prairie hen)

Definition of prairie chicken in English:

noun

A large North American grouse found on the prairies, the male being noted for the display dance in which it inflates two orange neck pouches and makes a booming sound.
  • Genus Tympanuchus, family Tetraonidae: two species, in particular the greater prairie chicken (T. cupido)
Example sentences
  • There were the sheep, deer, grouse of some kind, some sort of prairie chicken in full peacock-like display, bald eagles, hawks, coyote and even some elk that I saw on the way home.
  • Results for the prairie chicken indicated that a single vital rate consistently had greatest effect on population growth.
  • Our larder… is helped out by prairie chicken, quail, and a very small amount of venison, each in its season.

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