One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A common pheasant of the subspecies Phasianus colchicus mongolicus, which has a broken white neck-ring and white wing coverts, native to western Turkestan but introduced with other races into western Europe and elsewhere (also called Kirghiz pheasant).
2US the ring-necked pheasant, Phasianus colchicus torquatus.
Early 20th century.
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