Definition of pheasant noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfeznt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfeznt//
[countable, uncountable] (pl. pheasants, pheasant) Meat, Birds
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a large bird with a long tail, the male of which is brightly coloured. People sometimes shoot pheasants for sport or food. Meat from this bird is also called pheasant. (British English) to shoot pheasant (North American English) to hunt pheasant roast pheasant See related entries: Meat, Birds Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French fesan, via Latin from Greek phasianos ‘(bird) of Phasis’, the name of a river in the Caucasus (a mountainous region in SE Europe), from which the bird is supposed to have spread westwards.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pheasant