Quail vs. Partridge

Quail vs. Partridge — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Quail and Partridge

Quailnoun

Any of various primarily ground-dwelling birds of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix, small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail. Also called coturnix.

Partridgenoun

Any of various plump-bodied game birds of several genera in the family Phasianidae, native to Eurasia and Africa and introduced elsewhere.

Quailnoun

Any of various similar or related birds of the Americas, such as the bobwhite or the California quail.

Partridgenoun

Any of several game birds, such as the ruffed grouse or the bobwhite, similar to a partridge.

Quailverb

To shrink back in fear; cower.

Partridgenoun

(ornithology) Any bird of a number of genera in the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree.

Quailverb

(intransitive) To waste away; to fade, to wither

Partridgenoun

A type cannon charge composed of several missiles fired all together, similar to langrage or case-shot. Also a large cannon that shoots stones.

Quailverb

To daunt or frighten (someone)

Partridgenoun

flesh of either quail or grouse

Quailverb

(intransitive) To lose heart or courage; to be daunted or fearful.

Partridgenoun

heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds

Quailverb

(intransitive) Of courage, faith, etc.: to slacken, to give way.

Partridgenoun

small Old World gallinaceous game birds

Quailverb

To curdle or coagulate, as milk does.

Partridgenoun

a popular North American game bird; named for its call

Quailnoun

Any of various small game birds of the genera Coturnix, Anurophasis or Perdicula in the Old World family Phasianidae or of the New World family Odontophoridae.

Partridgenoun

valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada

Quailnoun

(uncountable) The meat from this bird eaten as food.

Quailnoun

(obsolete) A prostitute, so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.

Quailnoun

flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised

Quailnoun

small gallinaceous game birds

Quailverb

draw back, as with fear or pain;

she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf