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ptar·mi·gan

 (tär′mĭ-gən)
n. pl. ptarmigan or ptar·mi·gans
Any of various grouse of the genus Lagopus, inhabiting arctic, subarctic, and alpine regions of the Northern Hemisphere and having feathered legs and feet and plumage that is brown or gray in summer and white in winter.

[Alteration (influenced by the spelling pt in Greek words like pteron, wing) of Scottish Gaelic tarmachan.]

ptarmigan

(ˈtɑːmɪɡən)
n, pl -gans or -gan
1. (Animals) any of several arctic and subarctic grouse of the genus Lagopus, esp L. mutus, which has a white winter plumage
2. (Breeds) (sometimes capital) a created domestic fancy pigeon with ruffled or curled feathers on the wings and back
[C16: changed (perhaps influenced by Greek pteron wing) from Scottish Gaelic tarmachan, diminutive of tarmach, of obscure origin]

ptar•mi•gan

(ˈtɑr mɪ gən)

n., pl. -gans, (esp. collectively) -gan.
any of several grouses of the genus Lagopus, of mountainous and cold northern regions, having white plumage in the winter.
[1590–1600; pseudo-Greek sp. of Scottish Gaelic tarmarchan, akin to Irish tarmanach]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ptarmigan - large Arctic and subarctic grouse with feathered feet and usually white winter plumageptarmigan - large Arctic and subarctic grouse with feathered feet and usually white winter plumage
grouse - popular game bird having a plump body and feathered legs and feet
genus Lagopus, Lagopus - ptarmigans
Lagopus scoticus, moorbird, moor-bird, moorfowl, moorgame, red grouse - reddish-brown grouse of upland moors of Great Britain
Translations
طائِر التَّرمجان: من نوْع الدَّجاج
bělokurbělokur horskýbělokur rousný
kiiruna
hófajd
baltasis tetervinasžvyrė
irbe
snežná sliepka
kar tavuğu

ptarmigan

[ˈtɑːmɪgən] N (ptarmigans or ptarmigan (pl)) → perdiz f blanca

ptarmigan

nSchneehuhn nt

ptarmigan

[ˈtɑːmɪgən] npernice f bianca

ptarmigan

(ˈtaː(r)migən) noun
a type of bird usually found in cold northern regions.
References in periodicals archive ?
The Rock Ptarmigan (Lagopus muta) is known simply as Ptarmigan in Europe and colloquially as snow chicken or partridge in North America, where it is the official bird for the territory The ptarmigan is a plump game bird, slightly larger than a grey partridge.