One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An Asian pheasant of mountainous wooded country, the male having dark plumage with colourful iridescence.
Genus Lophophorus, family Phasianidae: three species, e.g. the crested Himalayan monal (L. impeyanus)
- ‘This fan is made from the feathers of the Himalayan monal, a pheasant found in India, Pakistan, and Nepal.’
- ‘For the conservation of Himalayan monal and its associated species, it would be important to set aside large undisturbed areas of high altitude oak-rhododendron forests.’
- ‘For example, snow partridge and Himalayan monal pheasant are facing local extinction from many valleys.’
- ‘Birds common to the mountains include rosefinches, Guldenstadt's redstarts, Himalayan monals, raptors, and vultures.’
- ‘The multi-coloured Himalayan monal is an attractive pheasant hunted for its attractive feathers and crest, and is almost on the verge of extinction.’
Mid 18th century: from Nepali monāl, from Hindi munāl.
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