General English


  • noun a game bird (Phasianus colchicus) with long tail feathers


  • The most widespread of all game birds, Phasianus colchicus, weighing about 1 to 1.5 kg and suitable for two persons. Hen birds are less tough than the cock, but the cock has a better flavour. The feathered birds should be hung by the feet for 3 to 10 days until blood begins to drip from the beak. The young birds are barded, not larded, with fatty bacon and roasted at 190°C for 45 to 60 minutes. Shooting season in the UK 1st October to the 1st of February. hanging time 3 to 10 days, some say 12 to 15 days, at 6°C.


  • noun a large bird with a long tail, shot for sport and food and in season from October 1st to February 1st