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Any of several Asian pheasants of the genus Tragopan, the male of which has brilliant plumage, a brightly colored wattle, and two hornlike appendages on the head that inflate during courtship.
[New Latin Tragopān, genus name, from Latin tragopān, a fabulous bird of Ethiopia described as larger than an eagle with curved horns like a goat on its temples, from Greek *tragopān : tragos, male goat; see tragic + Pān, Pan; see Pan.]
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(Animals) any pheasant of the genus Tragopan, of S and SE Asia, having a brilliant plumage and brightly coloured fleshy processes on the head
[C19: via Latin from Greek, from tragos goat + Pan]
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any of several Asian pheasants of the genus Tragopan, having two fleshy, erectile horns on the head and wattles on the throat.
[1615–25; < New Latin; Latin tragopān fabulous Ethiopian bird < Greek trágopān]
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|Noun||1.||tragopan - brilliantly colored Asian pheasant having wattles and two fleshy processes on the head|
pheasant - large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World but introduced elsewhere
genus Tragopan - a genus of Phasianidae
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