- any of a number of large gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae), usually with a long, sweeping tail and brilliant feathers
- ⌂ any of a number of birds resembling the pheasant, as the ruffed grouse
Origin of pheasantMiddle English fesant ; from Anglo-French ; from Old French faisan ; from Classical Latin phasianus ; from Classical Greek phasianos, after Phasis, river of Colchis: the birds are said to have been numerous near its mouth
nounpl. pheas·ants or pheasant
- Any of various game birds of the family Phasianidae, characteristically having a long tail, especially the ring-necked pheasant. The males of many species have brilliantly colored plumage.
- Any of several other birds that resemble a pheasant, such as a partridge.
Origin of pheasantMiddle English fesaunt, from Old French fesan, from Latin phāsiānus, from Greek phāsiānos (ornīs), (bird) of the Phasis River, pheasant, from Phāsis, the ancient name for the Rioni River in the Republic of Georgia.
male ring-necked pheasant
From Middle English fesant, from Old French fesan, from Latin phÄsiÄnus, from Ancient Greek Ï†Î±ÏƒÎ¹Î±Î½ÏŒÏ‚ (phasianos) ("bird of the river Î¦á¾¶ÏƒÎ¹Ï‚ (PhÈƒsis)") from where, it was supposed, the bird spread to the west.