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 for pheasant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pheasant \Pheas"ant\ (f[e^]z"ant), n. [OE. fesant, fesaunt, OF.
     faisant, faisan, F. faisan, L. phasianus, Gr. fasiano`s (sc.
     'o`rnis) the Phasian bird, pheasant, fr. Fa`sis a river in
     Colchis or Pontus.]
     1. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of large gallinaceous
        birds of the genus Phasianus, and many other genera of
        the family Phasianid[ae], found chiefly in Asia.
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     Note: The
     common pheasant, or English pheasant ({Phasianus
        Colchicus) is now found over most of temperate Europe,
        but was introduced from Asia. The
     ring-necked+pheasant+({Phasianus+torquatus">ring-necked pheasant ({Phasianus torquatus) and the
     green+pheasant+({Phasianus+versicolor">green pheasant ({Phasianus versicolor) have been
        introduced into Oregon. The
     golden+pheasant+({Thaumalea+picta">golden pheasant ({Thaumalea picta) is one of the most
        beautiful species. The
     silver+pheasant+({Euplocamus+nychthemerus">silver pheasant ({Euplocamus nychthemerus) of China, and
        several related species from Southern Asia, are very
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     2. (Zool.) The ruffed grouse. [Southern U.S.]
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     Note: Various other birds are locally called pheasants, as
           the lyre bird, the leipoa, etc.
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     Fireback pheasant. See Fireback.
     Gold pheasant, or Golden pheasant (Zool.), a Chinese
        pheasant ({Thaumalea picta), having rich, varied colors.
        The crest is amber-colored, the rump is golden yellow, and
        the under parts are scarlet.
     Mountain pheasant (Zool.), the ruffed grouse. [Local, U.S.]
     Pheasant coucal (Zool.), a large Australian cuckoo
        ({Centropus phasianus). The general color is black, with
        chestnut wings and brown tail. Called also pheasant
        cuckoo. The name is also applied to other allied species.
     Pheasant duck. (Zool.)
        (a) The pintail.
        (b) The hooded merganser.
     Pheasant parrot (Zool.), a large and beautiful Australian
        parrakeet ({Platycercus Adelaidensis). The male has the
        back black, the feathers margined with yellowish blue and
        scarlet, the quills deep blue, the wing coverts and cheeks
        light blue, the crown, sides of the neck, breast, and
        middle of the belly scarlet.
     Pheasant's eye. (Bot.)
        (a) A red-flowered herb ({Adonis autumnalis) of the
            Crowfoot family; -- called also pheasant's-eye
        (b) The garden pink ({Dianthus plumarius); -- called also
            Pheasant's-eye pink.
     Pheasant shell (Zool.), any marine univalve shell of the
        genus Phasianella, of which numerous species are found
        in tropical seas. The shell is smooth and usually richly
        colored, the colors often forming blotches like those of a
     Pheasant wood. (Bot.) Same as Partridge wood
        (a), under Partridge.
     Sea pheasant (Zool.), the pintail.
     Water pheasant. (Zool.)
        (a) The sheldrake.
        (b) The hooded merganser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruffed \Ruffed\, a.
     Furnished with a ruff.
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     Ruffed grouse (Zool.), a North American grouse ({Bonasa
        umbellus) common in the wooded districts of the Northern
        United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black
        feathers on each side of the neck, and is noted for the
        loud drumming sound he makes during the breeding season.
        Called also tippet grouse, partridge, birch
        partridge, pheasant, drummer, and white-flesher.
     ruffed+lemur+(Zool.),+a+species+of+lemur+({lemur+varius">ruffed lemur (Zool.), a species of lemur ({lemur varius)
        having a conspicuous ruff on the sides of the head. Its
        color is varied with black and white. Called also ruffed
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: large long-tailed gallinaceous bird native to the Old World
           but introduced elsewhere
      2: flesh of a pheasant; usually braised

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