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.

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

  • n. Old World quail


Latin coturnīx, quail.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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