from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old spelling of partridge.
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Every such Religious House had its “fish stews,” or ponds, keeping, as Chaucer says, “Many a bream, and many a luce (pike) in stew, and many a fat partrich eke in mewe.”
"Ful many a fat partrich hadde he in muw" (A, 349).