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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.]
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(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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|Noun||1.||argus pheasant - large brilliantly patterned East Indian pheasant|
pheasant - large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
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