Origin of ptarmiganaltered (by associated, association with ptero-) ; from earlier termigan ; from Scottish tarmachan
nounpl. ptarmigan or ptar·mi·gans
Origin of ptarmiganAlteration (influenced by the spelling pt in Greek words like pteron, wing) of Scottish Gaelic tarmachan.
(plural ptarmigan or ptarmigans)
From Scottish Gaelic tÃ rmachan. The pt- comes from a mistaken Greek construction.