partridge definition

  • noun:
    • any one of a few plump-bodied Old World game birds, especially of the genera Perdix and Alectoris, linked to the pheasants and grouse.
    • any one of a few wild birds, for instance the ruffed grouse or perhaps the bobwhite, similar or pertaining to the partridge.
    • Any bird of numerous genera when you look at the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.
    • anybody of numerous types of little gallinaceous birds associated with the genus Perdix and lots of relevant genera of the family members Perdicidæ, regarding the Old World. The partridge is mentioned as a-game bird.
    • anyone of a few types of quail-like wild birds belonging to Colinus, and allied genera.
    • The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus).
    • A gallinaceous or rasorial bird associated with household Tetraonidæ as well as one or another of subfamilies perdicinæ, Caccabinæ, and Ortyginæ, of small size as compared with grouse (Tetraoninæ), with four-toes, scaly shanks rarely spurred, fairly well-developed tail, and naked nostrils
    • By a misapplication of this name (by English sportsmen and others in South America), species of the family Tinamidæ, as Nothura maculosa, the normal partridge of the pampas for the Argentine Republic, and Rhynchotus rufescens, the fantastic or large partridge.
    • In Australia, by misapplication, types of the household Tumicidæ.
    • In New England, by misapplication, the ruffed grouse.
    • In artillery, a sizable bombard formerly utilized in sieges and defensive works. Froissart. Compare perdreau.
    • A caunon charge which consist of numerous missiles fired together; a kind of case-shot; a grenade.
    • heavy-bodied small-winged South United states online game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but associated with the ratite wild birds
    • a popular united states online game bird; named for its telephone call
    • valued as a game bird in eastern united states of america and Canada
    • flesh of either quail or grouse
    • little Old World gallinaceous game birds

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