from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of several plump-bodied Old World game birds, especially of the genera Perdix and Alectoris, related to the pheasants and grouse.
- n. Any of several birds, such as the ruffed grouse or the bobwhite, similar or related to the partridge.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any bird of a number of genera in the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of the genus Perdix and several related genera of the family Perdicidæ, of the Old World. The partridge is noted as a game bird.
- n. Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging to Colinus, and allied genera.
- n. The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gallinaceous or rasorial bird of the family Tetraonidæ and of one or another of the subfamilies perdicinæ, Caccabinæ, and Ortyginæ, of small size as compared with grouse (Tetraoninæ), with four toes, scaly shanks seldom spurred, fairly well-developed tail, and naked nostrils
- n. By a misapplication of the name (by English sportsmen and others in South America), species of the family Tinamidæ, as Nothura maculosa, the common partridge of the pampas of the Argentine Republic, and Rhynchotus rufescens, the great or large partridge.
- n. In Australia, by misapplication, species of the family Tumicidæ.
- n. In New England, by misapplication, the ruffed grouse.
- n. In artillery, a large bombard formerly used in sieges and defensive works. Froissart. Compare perdreau.
- n. A caunon charge which consists of a number of missiles fired together; a sort of case-shot; a grenade.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds
- n. a popular North American game bird; named for its call
- n. valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada
- n. flesh of either quail or grouse
- n. small Old World gallinaceous game birds
The wild Turkeys, the wild pigeon, a bird which they call a partridge, but above all the rice-bird, which is the Ortalon in its highest perfection, and from the water the finest ducks that possibly can be met with, and so plenty that when on wing sixteen or eighteen are killed at a shot.
The red-legged, or Guernsey, partridge is very superior for the table to the common kind.
PAUL KARCZMARCYK, RUFFED GROUSE SOCIETY, NEW ENGLAND: The name partridge actually comes from a European species.
In this journey, we found plenty of good mutton, pork, poultry, and game, including the red partridge, which is near twice as big as the partridge of
Two species of Tinamus and Eudromia elegans of A. d'Orbigny, which can only be called a partridge with regard to its habits.
The ruffed grouse (commonly called partridge) feeds on the buds of trees in winter; its legs and feet are thickly covered with feathers in winter but are bare in summer.
The discussion would involve the winter habits of some of the more common birds, as, for example, the ruffed grouse (commonly though incorrectly called the partridge).
This we may readily give credit to, from the known fact of our little kestrel and the sparrow-hawk frequently flying off with a partridge, which is nearly three times the weight of these rapacious little birds. '
Two species of Tinamus, and Eudromia elegans of A. dOrbigny, which can only be called a partridge with regard to its habits.
England or wherever the ruffed grouse is known as partridge, is called partridge in the Middle and Southern states, where the ruffed grouse is known as pheasant.