Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several small American quails of the genus Colinus, especially the northern bobwhite (Colinus virginianus) of eastern North America.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A name of the bird Ortyx virginianus, commonly known in America as the quail or partridge. See cut under quail.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) The common quail of North America (Colinus, or Ortyx, Virginianus); -- so called from its note.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any one of four species of quail in the genus Colinus, of the bird family Odontophoridae, limited to the Americas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a popular North American game bird; named for its call

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Imitative of its call.]

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(onomatopoeia)

Examples

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  • They joined gallery spectators in the bobwhite whistle the year the servants of the people solemnly debated the right of the quail to be protected as a song bird.

    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Gentleman from Indiana', in The Thurber Album

    July 14, 2008