argus pheasant


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ar·gus pheasant

 (är′gəs)
n.
A large bird (Argusianus argus) of the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, and Sumatra, having long tail feathers marked with brilliantly colored, eyelike spots.

[After Argus, , whose hundred eyes were given to a peacock's tail.]

argus pheasant

n
(Animals) either of two pheasants, Argusianus argus (great argus) or Rheinardia ocellata (crested argus), occurring in SE Asia and Indonesia. The males have very long tails marked with eyelike spots
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Noun1.argus pheasant - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasantargus pheasant - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant
pheasant - large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
Argusianus, genus Argusianus - argus pheasants
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The ferocity of their fierce faces was accentuated by the upturned, bristling tiger cat's teeth which protruded from every ear; while the long feathers of the Argus pheasant waving from their war-caps, the brilliant colors of their war-coats trimmed with the black and white feathers of the hornbill, and the strange devices upon their gaudy shields but added to the savagery of their appearance as they danced and howled, menacing and intimidating, in the path of the charging foe.
When one student selected a great Argus pheasant and another a Reinwardt's flying frog from a book of antique engravings of animals, the only recourse was to use that wonderful modern-day research tool--the Internet.