from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, stub-tailed Eurasian quail (Coturnix coturnix) having sandy, streaked plumage and commonly used in laboratory research. Also called Japanese quail.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a genus of birds comprising the Old World quail.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old name of the common migratory quail of Europe; specifically, the Perdix coturnix, generically Coturnix communis, vulgaris, or dactylisonans.
- n. [capitalized] [NL.] A genus of quails, of which C. communis is the type.
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- n. Old World quail
Latin coturnīx, quail.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)