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Meaning of prairie chicken

prai'rie chick"en

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. either of two North American gallinaceous birds of western prairies, Tympanuchus cupido or T. pallidicinctus having rufous, brown, black, and white plumage.
  2. SeeAlso called
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