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A common pheasant

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English fesant, from Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Ancient Greek φᾱσιανός (phāsianós), meaning “[bird] of the river Φᾶσις (Phâsis)”, from where, it was supposed, the bird spread to the west. Replaced native Old English wōrhana, a variant of mōrhana. More at moorhen.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈfɛzənt/
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  • Rhymes: -ɛzənt

NounEdit

pheasant (plural pheasants)

  1. A bird of family Phasianidae, often hunted for food.

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