from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of birds including the common European partridge. Formerly the word was used in a much wider sense to include many allied genera.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Partridges proper, the typical genus of Perdicinæ, formerly more than conterminous with the Perdicinæ, now restricted to a few species like the common European partridge, P. cinerea. See cut under partridge.
  • n. A genus of gastropods, now referred to Dolium.

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

  • n. a genus of Perdicinae


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  • And I, too, would like to know what The Spectator (1828) Manifesto actually states. perdix

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  • No doubt a considerable influence on the decision to delay further announcements was how poorly those made so far have been received by all except the usual fawning Cameroon suspects. perdix

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  • Funny how some people suddenly experience the urge to 'right wrongs' - ONLY when they are suitably retired and well set up. perdix

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  • It all boils down to confidence and leadership. perdix

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  • Birds include chukar (Alectoris chukar), partridge (Perdix perdix) and eagles (Aquila spp.).

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  • The coat, the clock! clock! and the nimble running over the rocks, ever the favourite haunt, denote the “perdix.”

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  • The following day after starting, we left the line of march to shoot; saw one boar, plenty of foxes and wolves, and we put up another hyæna, but the bag consisted principally of partridges, the red-legged partridge or perdix ruffa, killed, by the Bey, who is

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  • - The European (or gray) partridge (Perdix perdix);

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  • In England the term is applied only to the true partridge (Perdix perdix) and its nearly related varieties, but in the United States it is also used to designate the ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus), the common quail (Colinus virginianus) and various other tetraonoid birds.

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  • Huc doctae stipentur aues quis nobile fandi ius natura dedit: plangat Phoebeius ales, auditasque memor penitus dimittere uoces sturnus, et Aonio uersae certamine picae, quique refert iungens iterata uocabula perdix, 20 et quae Bistonio queritur soror orba cubili. ferte simul gemitus cognataque ducite flammis funera, et hoc cunctae miserandum addiscite carmen:

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