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Ptarmigan

PTARMIGAN (Lagopus mutus or alpinus), a gallinaceous bird akin to the grouse (q.v.). The word in Gaelic is tarmachan, which appears from the end of the 16th century in many forms, such as lormican, tarmichen, and even " termagant."

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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