Pter`o*cle"tes (?), n. pl. [NL., fr Pterocles, the typical genus, fr. Gr. feather + , , a key, tongue of a clasp.] Zool.

A division of birds including the sand grouse. They are in some respects intermediate between the pigeons and true grouse. Called also Pteroclomorphae.

 

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