prairie chicken


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prairie chicken

n.
Either of two grouse (Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus) found in western North America and having deep-chested bodies and mottled brownish plumage.

prairie chicken

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prairie fowl

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prairie grouse

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prairie hen

n
(Animals) either of two mottled brown-and-white grouse, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of North America

prai′rie chick`en


n.
either of two gallinaceous birds of central North American grasslands, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus, of the grouse subfamily, noted for the booming sounds made by males during courtship displays.
[1685–95, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prairie chicken - brown mottled North American grouse of western prairiesprairie chicken - brown mottled North American grouse of western prairies
grouse - popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
genus Tympanuchus, Tympanuchus - prairie chickens
greater prairie chicken, Tympanuchus cupido - the most common variety of prairie chicken
lesser prairie chicken, Tympanuchus pallidicinctus - a smaller prairie chicken of western Texas
heath hen, Tympanuchus cupido cupido - extinct prairie chicken
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The buffet-style lunch or dinner has roast sirloin of beef, baked ham, prairie chicken and other selections.
The "Power on the Prairie" ceremony also included the announcement of $100,000 in funding for prairie chicken research at Kansas State University (KSU).
Later that year, fights continued over the lesser prairie chicken - a bird with a funny mating dance whose Texas Panhandle grassland habitat is disappearing.
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Inspired by the prairie chicken during mating season, the male dances to win the female.
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) predation of Lesser Prairie Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus).
Prairie Chicken dance is becoming a popular dance style at today's powwows.
It also includes game birds such as mourning dove, the band-tailed pigeon, woodcocks, common snipes, quail, chuka, pheasant, grouse, ptarmigan, prairie chicken, and wild turkey.
As we had to start for home the next morning, that was all the shooting we got on our long trip, except a few prairie chicken, which we ran across in a patch of bush that had escaped the fire, on our way back to Lamerton.