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Definition: Partridge shell
(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