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Definition: Spruce partridge
(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
(spr[udd]s), n. [OE. Spruce or Pruse, Prussia,
Prussian. So named because it was first known as a native of
Prussia, or because its sprouts were used for making, spruce
beer. Cf. Spruce beer, below, Spruce
1. (Bot.) Any coniferous tree of the genus Picea
, as the
Norway spruce (P. excelsa
), and the white and black
spruces of America (P. alba
and P. nigra
several others in the far Northwest. See Picea
2. The wood or timber of the spruce tree.
3. Prussia leather; pruce. [Obs.]
Spruce, a sort of leather corruptly so called for
Prussia leather. --E. Phillips.
(Bot.), a valuable timber tree (Pseudotsuga Douglasii
) of Northwestern America.
Essence of spruce
, a thick, dark-colored, bitterish, and
acidulous liquid made by evaporating a decoction of the
young branches of spruce.
(Bot.), a graceful coniferous tree (Tsuga Canadensis
) of North America. Its timber is valuable, and
the bark is largely used in tanning leather.
. [G. sprossenbier; sprosse sprout, shoot (akin
to E. sprout, n.) + bier beer. The word was changed into
spruce beer because the beer came from Prussia (OE.
Spruce), or because it was made from the sprouts of the
spruce. See Sprout
, n., Beer
, and cf. Spruce
, n.] A
kind of beer which is tinctured or flavored with spruce,
either by means of the extract or by decoction.
. (Zo["o]l.) Same as Spruce partridge
. See Spruce
, n., 3.
(Zo["o]l.), a handsome American grouse
) found in Canada and the
Northern United States; -- called also Canada grouse