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Definition: Oreortyx pictus
(p[aum]r"tr[i^]j), n. [OE. partriche,
pertriche, OF. pertris, perdriz, F. perdrix, L. perdix,
-icis, fr. Gr. pe`rdix.] (Zo["o]l.)
1. Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of
the genus Perdix
and several related genera of the
, of the Old World. The partridge is
noted as a game bird.
Full many a fat partrich had he in mew. --Chaucer.
Note: The common European, or gray, partridge (Perdix cinerea
) and the red-legged partridge (Caccabis rubra
) of Southern Europe and Asia are well-known
2. Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging
, and allied genera. [U.S.]
Note: Among them are the bobwhite (Colinus Virginianus
the Eastern States; the plumed, or mountain, partridge
) of California; the Massena
partridge (Cyrtonyx Montezum[ae]
); and the California
partridge (Callipepla Californica
3. The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus
). [New Eng.]
(Zo["o]l.), a spurred partridge of the
. Several species are found in China
and the East Indies.
(Zo["o]l.), the woodcock. [Local, U.S.]
(Zo["o]l.), a francolin of South Africa
(a) The scarlet berry of a trailing american plant
) of the order Rubiace[ae]
having roundish evergreen leaves, and white fragrant
flowers sometimes tinged with purple, growing in pairs
with the ovaries united, and producing the berries
which remain over winter; also, the plant itself.
(b) The fruit of the creeping wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens
); also, the plant itself.
(Zo["o]l.) Same as Mountain witch
(Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous herb
), common in sandy fields in the
Eastern United States.
(Zo["o]l.), a large marine univalve shell
), having colors variegated like those of
(a) A variegated wood, much esteemed for cabinetwork. It
is obtained from tropical America, and one source of
it is said to be the leguminous tree Andira inermis
Called also pheasant wood
(b) A name sometimes given to the dark-colored and
striated wood of some kind of palm, which is used for
walking sticks and umbrella handles.
(Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic sand partridge
); -- so called from its note.
(Zo["o]l.), a large spurred partridge
) which inhabits the high mountains of
Asia; called also jermoonal
. See under Spruce
, or Hill partridge
(Zo["o]l.), any small
Asiatic partridge of the genus Arboricola
, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plumed
; p. pr. & vb. n.
.] [Cf. F. plumer to pluck, to strip, L. plumare to
cover with feathers.]
1. To pick and adjust the plumes or feathers of; to dress or
Pluming her wings among the breezy bowers. --W.
2. To strip of feathers; to pluck; to strip; to pillage;
also, to peel. [Obs.] --Bacon. Dryden.
3. To adorn with feathers or plumes. “Farewell the plumed
4. To pride; to vaunt; to boast; -- used reflexively; as, he
plumes himself on his skill. --South.
(Zo["o]l.), an African viper (Vipera cornuta
, syn. Clotho cornuta
), having a plumelike
structure over each eye. It is venomous, and is related to
the African puff adder. Called also horned viper
(Zo["o]l.), the California mountain quail
). See Mountain quail
1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or
living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains;
among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines;
mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer.
2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron.
(Zo["o]l.), the goral.
(Bot.), an ornamental tree, the Pyrus Americana
(or Sorbus Americana
), producing beautiful
bunches of red berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its
flowers white, growing in fragrant clusters. The European
species is the Pyrus aucuparia
, or rowan tree.
, a portable barometer, adapted for safe
transportation, used in measuring the heights of
(Zo["o]l.), the sewellel.
(Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.
(Zo["o]l.), the catamount. See Catamount
, a series of contiguous mountain ranges,
generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.
(Zo["o]l.), capercailzie. See Capercailzie
(Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
cork in its texture.
. See under Crystal
(Bot.), a large tree of the genus
) growing in the West Indies,
which affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes
used in medicine.
, Scotch whisky, so called because often
illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]
(Bot.), a small leguminous tree (Bauhinia variegata
) of the East and West Indies; -- so called
because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and
(Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very
fine fibers; amianthus. See Amianthus
(Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under
. (Zo["o]l.) See Mazama
(a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper.
(b) See Green earth
, under Green
(Bot.), a branching shrub (Nemopanthes Canadensis
), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries.
It is found in the Northern United States.
(Bot.), an American shrub (Kalmia latifolia
) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy
clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is
poisonous. Called also American laurel
, ivy bush
. See Kalmia
(Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
leather in its texture.
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Trifolium
(Geol.), a series of marine limestone
strata below the coal measures, and above the old red
standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of Geology
(Zo["o]l.), the twite.
(a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
(b) The European gray shrike.
(Bot.) See under Mahogany
(Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite,
occurring as an efflorescence.
(Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of
. (Bot.) See Mint
(Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel; -- called also
and mountain colley
. See Ousel
, or Mountain green
(Bot.), a tree of
Jamaica (Spathelia simplex
), which has an unbranched
palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate
(Zo["o]l.), the plumed partridge (Oreortyx pictus
) of California. It has two long, slender,
plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are
chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black
and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.
, a series of mountains closely related in
position and direction.
(a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation,
in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
(b) An American genus of grasses (Oryzopsis
(Bot.), a species of rose with solitary
flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe (Rosa alpina
(Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish
color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.
(Bot.), a low perennial plant (Oxyria digyna
with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small
greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New
Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.
(Zo["o]l.), the European tree sparrow.
. (Bot.) See Orach
(Bot.), a composite plant (Arnica montana
) of Europe; called also leopard's bane
(Zo["o]l.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of
the genus Geotrygon