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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Ruffed  \Ruffed\,  a. 
  Furnished  with  a  ruff. 
  {Ruffed  grouse}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  North  American  grouse  ({Bonasa 
  umbellus})  common  in  the  wooded  districts  of  the  Northern 
  United  States.  The  male  has  a  ruff  of  brown  or  black 
  feathers  on  each  side  of  the  neck,  and  is  noted  for  the 
  loud  drumming  sound  he  makes  during  the  breeding  season. 
  Called  also  {tippet  grouse},  {partridge},  {birch 
  partridge},  {pheasant},  {drummer},  and  {white-flesher}. 
  {ruffed  lemur}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  species  of  lemur  ({lemur 
  varius})  having  a  conspicuous  ruff  on  the  sides  of  the 
  head.  Its  color  is  varied  with  black  and  white.  Called 
  also  {ruffed  maucaco}. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Partridge  \Par"tridge\,  n.  [OE.  partriche  pertriche  OF 
  pertris,  perdriz  F.  perdrix,  L.  perdix,  -icis,  fr  Gr  ?.] 
  1.  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  small  gallinaceous  birds  of 
  the  genus  {Perdix}  and  several  related  genera  of  the 
  family  {Perdicid[ae]},  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 
  to  {Colinus},  and  allied  genera.  [U.S.] 
  Note:  Among  them  are  the  bobwhite  ({Colinus  Virginianus})  of 
  the  Eastern  States;  the  plumed,  or  mountain,  partridge 
  ({Oreortyx  pictus})  of  California;  the  Massena 
  partridge  ({Cyrtonyx  Montezum[ae]});  and  the  California 
  partridge  ({Callipepla  Californica}). 
  3.  The  ruffed  grouse  ({Bonasa  umbellus}).  [New  Eng.] 
  {Bamboo  partridge}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  spurred  partridge  of  the 
  genus  {Bambusicola}.  Several  species  are  found  in  China 
  and  the  East  Indies. 
  {Night  partridge}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  woodcock.  [Local,  U.S.] 
  {Painted  partridge}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  francolin  of  South  Africa 
  ({Francolinus  pictus}). 
  {Partridge  berry}.  (Bot.) 
  a  The  scarlet  berry  of  a  trailing  american  plant 
  ({Mitchella  repens})  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 
  {Partridge  dove}  (Zo["o]l.)  Same  as  {Mountain  witch},  under 
  {Partridge  pea}  (Bot.),  a  yellow-flowered  leguminous  herb 
  ({Cassia  Cham[ae]crista}),  common  in  sandy  fields  in  the 
  Eastern  United  States. 
  {Partridge  shell}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  marine  univalve  shell 
  ({Dolium  perdix}),  having  colors  variegated  like  those  of 
  the  partridge. 
  {Partridge  wood} 
  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. 
  {Sea  partridge}  (Zo["o]l.),  an  Asiatic  sand  partridge 
  ({Ammoperdix  Bonhami});  --  so  called  from  its  note. 
  {Snow  partridge}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  large  spurred  partridge 
  ({Lerwa  nivicola})  which  inhabits  the  high  mountains  of 
  {Spruce  partridge}.  See  under  {Spruce}. 
  {Wood  partridge},  or  {Hill  partridge}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  small 
  Asiatic  partridge  of  the  genus  {Arboricola}. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  (US  usage)  flesh  of  either  quail  or  grouse 
  2:  heavy-bodied  small-winged  South  American  game  bird 
  resembling  a  gallinaceous  bird  but  related  to  the  ratite 
  birds  [syn:  {tinamou}] 
  3:  small  Old  World  gallinaceous  game  birds 
  4:  a  popular  North  American  game  bird;  named  for  its  call  [syn: 
  {bobwhite},  {bobwhite  quail}] 
  5:  valued  as  a  game  bird  in  eastern  United  States  and  Canada 
  [syn:  {ruffed  grouse},  {Bonasa  umbellus}] 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
  Partridge,  KS  (city,  FIPS  54700) 
  Location:  37.96736  N,  98.09387  W 
  Population  (1990):  213  (102  housing  units) 
  Area:  1.2  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  67566 
  Partridge,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  40862 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Heb.  kore,  i.e.,  "caller").  This  bird,  unlike  our  own 
  partridge,  is  distinguished  by  "its  ringing  call-note,  which  in 
  early  morning  echoes  from  cliff  to  cliff  amidst  the  barrenness 
  of  the  wilderness  of  Judea  and  the  glens  of  the  forest  of 
  Carmel"  hence  its  Hebrew  name  This  name  occurs  only  twice  in 
  In  1  Sam.  26:20  "David  alludes  to  the  mode  of  chase  practised 
  now  as  of  old  when  the  partridge,  continuously  chased,  was  at 
  length,  when  fatigued,  knocked  down  by  sticks  thrown  along  the 
  ground."  It  endeavours  to  save  itself  "by  running,  in  preference 
  to  flight,  unless  when  suddenly  started.  It  is  not  an  inhabitant 
  of  the  plain  or  the  corn-field,  but  of  rocky  hill-sides" 
  (Tristram's  Nat.  Hist.). 
  In  Jer.  17:11  the  prophet  is  illustrating  the  fact  that  riches 
  unlawfully  acquired  are  precarious  and  short-lived.  The  exact 
  nature  of  the  illustration  cannot  be  precisely  determined.  Some 
  interpret  the  words  as  meaning  that  the  covetous  man  will  be  as 
  surely  disappointed  as  the  partridge  which  gathers  in  eggs,  not 
  of  her  own  laying,  and  is  unable  to  hatch  them  others 
  (Tristram),  with  more  probability,  as  denoting  that  the  man  who 
  enriches  himself  by  unjust  means  "will  as  surely  be  disappointed 
  as  the  partridge  which  commences  to  sit  but  is  speedily  robbed 
  of  her  hopes  of  a  brood"  by  her  eggs  being  stolen  away  from  her 
  The  commonest  partridge  in  Palestine  is  the  Caccabis 
  saxatilis,  the  Greek  partridge.  The  partridge  of  the  wilderness 
  (Ammo-perdix  heyi)  is  a  smaller  species.  Both  are  essentially 
  mountain  and  rock  birds,  thus  differing  from  the  English 
  partridge,  which  loves  cultivated  fields. 

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