from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Eurasian or African birds of the genus Francolinus, related to and resembling the quails and partridges.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various terrestrial partridges of the genus Francolinus, found chiefly in Africa.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A spurred partidge of the genus Francolinus and allied genera, of Asia and Africa. The common species (F. vulgaris) was formerly common in southern Europe, but is now nearly restricted to Asia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A partridge of the genus Francolinus.
French, from Italian francolino.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French francolin, from Italian francolino, of unknown origin. (Wiktionary)