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  • noun Plural form of quail.
  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of quail.


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  • Upon Shabbat Shirah the sidra of quails is read in the synagogue, retelling the story of the way in which the birds gave their lives to keep Israel's children free.

    The Breakfast of the Birds, and Other Stories

  • Europe the birds which are called quails are in reality partridges.

    Through Forest and Fire Wild-Woods Series No. 1

  • The prodigy of the manna and the quails was a very important sign of God's special providence towards his people while they were in the desert.

    †Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam†

  • I mean, what could be more manly than shooting 78-year old men and birds, such as quails and pheasants, just released from their pens?

    Think Progress » William Kristol: ‘Manly Man’

  • Birds of a heavy build, such as quails, partridges, and the like, build no nests; indeed, where they are incapable of flight, it would be of no use if they could do so.

    The History of Animals

  • Poor Caliban! he had saved up some quails, meaning to have a delicious meal.

    Robert Browning: How to Know Him

  • Altho 'fur from the prahayries, there is abundans of wild game in Boston, such as quails, snipes, plover and Props.

    Artemus Ward

  • As there was great abundance of small game, such as quails, partridges, and rabbits, in the neighbourhood, I resolved to turn sportman; and, in consequence, I bought me a dog and gun, and began to harry the country with some spirit.

    Sheppard Lee

  • These must be of the _gallinaceous_ tribe, an order of birds such as quails, partridges, turkeys, &c.; and, from the sort of feathered moustache which I observed at the corner of the beak, I should pronounce that these were bustards. '

    The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island

  • Later dubbed "quails," other quotes with the avian theme continued to appear in the footer text, including "Only the craftiest of quails survive hunting season," and "What doesn't kill a quail only makes it stronger."

    Original Signal - The best of Web 2.0


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