Adonis autumnalis
Pheasant Pheas"ant, n. [OE. fesant, fesaunt, OF. faisant, faisan, F. faisan, L. phasianus, Gr. ? (sc. ?) the Phasian bird, pheasant, fr. ? a river in Colchis or Pontus.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) 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. [1913 Webster]

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}) and the

{green pheasant} ({Phasianus versicolor}) have been introduced into Oregon. The

{golden pheasant} ({Thaumalea picta}) is one of the most beautiful species. The

{silver pheasant} ({Euplocamus nychthemerus}) of China, and several related species from Southern Asia, are very beautiful. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The ruffed grouse. [Southern U.S.] [1913 Webster]

Note: Various other birds are locally called pheasants, as the lyre bird, the leipoa, etc. [1913 Webster]

{Fireback pheasant}. See {Fireback}.

{Gold pheasant}, or {Golden pheasant} (Zo["o]l.), 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} (Zo["o]l.), the ruffed grouse. [Local, U.S.]

{Pheasant coucal} (Zo["o]l.), 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}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The pintail. (b) The hooded merganser.

{Pheasant parrot} (Zo["o]l.), 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 Adonis}. (b) The garden pink ({Dianthus plumarius}); -- called also {Pheasant's-eye pink}.

{Pheasant shell} (Zo["o]l.), 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.

{Pheasant wood}. (Bot.) Same as {Partridge wood} (a), under {Partridge}.

{Sea pheasant} (Zo["o]l.), the pintail.

{Water pheasant}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The sheldrake. (b) The hooded merganser. [1913 Webster]


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  • Adonis autumnalis — Adonis A*do nis ([.a]*d[=o] n[i^]s), n. [L., gr. Gr. A dwnis.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar. [1913 Webster] 2. A pre[ e]minently beautiful young man; a dandy. [1913 Webster] 3.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adonis autumnalis L. — Symbol ADAN Synonym Symbol ADAU Botanical Family Ranunculaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Adonis (género) — Adonis aethiopica Adonis amurensis Adonis annua Adonis apennina Adonis atrorubens Adonis autumnalis Adonis barthei Adonis bienertii Adonis bobroviana Adonis brevistyla Adonis capensis Adonis chaerophylla Adonis chrysocyathus Adonis coerulea… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Adonis — A*do nis ([.a]*d[=o] n[i^]s), n. [L., gr. Gr. A dwnis.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar. [1913 Webster] 2. A pre[ e]minently beautiful young man; a dandy. [1913 Webster] 3. (Bot.)… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Adonis annua —   Gota de sangre Adonis annua L …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Adonis annua — Taxobox name = Blooddrops image width = 240px image caption = regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Ranunculales familia = Ranunculaceae genus = Adonis species = A. annua binomial = Adonis annua binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • Adōnis [1] — Adōnis L. (Adonisröschen, Teufelsauge), Gattung der Ranunkulazeen, benannt nach Adonis, aus dessen Blutstropfen die Pflanze erwuchs, ein oder mehrjährige Kräuter der nördlichen gemäßigten Zone der Alten Welt, mit fiederteiligen Blättern, einzeln… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Adonis annua — subsp. autumnalis La gota de sangre (Adonis annua), también llamada ojo de perdiz, es una planta anual herbácea de la familia de las ranunculáceas, utilizada en jardinería por su vistosa flor de color rojo …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Adonis [3] — Adonis, 1) (A. L.), Pflanzengattung aus der Familie der Ranunculaceae Anemoneae, Polyandrie Polygynie L.; Arten: A. vernalis, in Deutschland auch in Gärten cultivirt, mit großer gelber Blume, faseriger, schwarzer, statt der schwarzen Nieswurz… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

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