quail

Definitions:

  • To shrink back in fear; cower.
  • Any of various primarily ground-dwelling birds of the genus <em>Coturnix,</em> especially <em>C. coturnix,</em> small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail.
  • Any of various similar or related birds of the Americas, such as the bobwhite or the California quail.
  • To begin to die; decline; fade; wither.
  • To lose heart or courage; shrink before danger or difficulty; flinch; cower; tremble.
  • To slacken.
  • To quell; subdue; overpower; intimidate; terrify.
  • To curdle; coagulate.
  • A small gallinaceous bird of the Old World, related to the partridge, and belonging to the genus <em>Coturnix.</em>
  • One of the various small gallinaceous birds more or less closely resembling the quail proper: loosely applied, with or without a qualifying term, especially in the United States, to all the species of <em>Ortyx</em> or <em>Colinus, Lophortyx, Oreortyx, Callipepla, Cyrtonyx</em>, and other genera of American <em>Ortyginæ</em> or <em>Odontophorinæ.</em>
  • A prostitute. Also called <internalXref urlencoded="plover">plover</internalXref>.
  • The mountain quail, <em>Oreortyx pictus</em>, of the western United States: so named from its bright marking of white and chestnut.
  • An Australian hemipod, or button-quail, <em>Turnix varius.</em>
  • To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue.
  • To curdle; to coagulate, as milk.
  • Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (<spn>Coturnix communis</spn>), the rain quail (<spn>Coturnix Coromandelica</spn>) of India, the stubble quail (<spn>Coturnix pectoralis</spn>), and the Australian swamp quail (<spn>Synoicus australis</spn>).
  • Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called <stype>Virginia quail</stype>, and <stype>Maryland quail</stype>), and the California quail (<spn>Calipepla Californica</spn>).
  • Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (<spn>Turnix varius</spn>). See <er>Turnix</er>.
  • A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.
  • a small Asiatic quail-like bird of the genus Turnix, as <spn>Turnix taigoor</spn>, a black-breasted species, and the hill <ex>bustard quail</ex> (<spn>Turnix ocellatus</spn>). See <er>Turnix</er>.
  • one of several small Asiatic species of Turnix, as <spn>Turnix Sykesii</spn>, which is said to be the smallest game bird of India.
  • See under <er>Mountain</er>.
  • a call or pipe for alluring quails into a net or within range.
  • any one of several American ground pigeons belonging to Geotrygon and allied genera.
  • the New Zealand sparrow hawk (<spn>Hieracidea Novæ-Hollandiæ</spn>).
  • See Quail call, above.
  • the dowitcher, or red-breasted snipe; -- called also <altname>robin snipe</altname>, and <altname>brown snipe</altname>.
  • the turnstone.
  • To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.
  • To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower.
  • Any of various small <xref>game birds</xref> of the genera <xref>Coturnix</xref>, <xref>Anurophasis</xref> or <xref>Perdicula</xref> in the <xref>Old World</xref> family <xref>Phasianidae</xref> or of the <xref>New World</xref> family <xref>Odontophoridae</xref>.
  • flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
  • small gallinaceous game birds
  • draw back, as with fear or pain
powered by