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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Quail  \Quail\,  n.  [OF.  quaille  F.  caille,  LL  quaquila  qualia 
  qualea  of  Dutch  or  German  origin;  cf  D.  kwakkel  kwartel 
  OHG.  wahtala  G.  wachtel.] 
  1.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  gallinaceous  bird  belonging  to  {Coturnix} 
  and  several  allied  genera  of  the  Old  World,  especially  the 
  common  European  quail  ({C.  communis}),  the  rain  quail  ({C. 
  Coromandelica})  of  India,  the  stubble  quail  ({C. 
  pectoralis}),  and  the  Australian  swamp  quail  ({Synoicus 
  australis}). 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  several  American  partridges 
  belonging  to  {Colinus},  {Callipepla},  and  allied  genera, 
  especially  the  bobwhite  (called  {Virginia  quail},  and 
  {Maryland  quail}),  and  the  California  quail  ({Calipepla 
  Californica}). 
 
  3.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  Turnix  and 
  allied  genera,  native  of  the  Old  World,  as  the  Australian 
  painted  quail  ({Turnix  varius}).  See  {Turnix}. 
 
  4.  A  prostitute;  --  so  called  because  the  quail  was  thought 
  to  be  a  very  amorous  bird.[Obs.]  --Shak. 
 
  {Bustard  quail}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  Asiatic  quail-like  bird 
  of  the  genus  Turnix,  as  {T.  taigoor},  a  black-breasted 
  species,  and  the  hill  bustard  quail  ({T.  ocellatus}).  See 
  {Turnix}. 
 
  {Button  quail}  (Zo["o]l.),  one  of  several  small  Asiatic 
  species  of  Turnix,  as  {T.  Sykesii},  which  is  said  to  be 
  the  smallest  game  bird  of  India. 
 
  {Mountain  quail}.  See  under  {Mountain}. 
 
  {Quail  call},  a  call  or  pipe  for  alluring  quails  into  a  net 
  or  within  range. 
 
  {Quail  dove}  {(Zo["o]l.)},  any  one  of  several  American  ground 
  pigeons  belonging  to  {Geotrygon}  and  allied  genera. 
 
  {Quail  hawk}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  New  Zealand  sparrow  hawk 
  ({Hieracidea  Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]}). 
 
  {Quail  pipe}.  See  {Quail  call},  above. 
 
  {Quail  snipe}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  dowitcher,  or  red-breasted 
  snipe;  --  called  also  {robin  snipe},  and  {brown  snipe}. 
 
  {Sea  quail}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  turnstone.  [Local,  U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Coturnix 
  n  :  Old  World  quail  [syn:  {Coturnix},  {genus  Coturnix}] 




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