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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Turnix  \Tur"nix\,  n.  [NL.,  fr  L.  coturnix  a  quail.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  birds  belonging  to  {Turnix}  or 
  {Hemipodius}  and  allied  genera  of  the  family  {Turnicid[ae]}. 
  These  birds  resemble  quails  and  partridges  in  general 
  appearance  and  in  some  of  their  habits,  but  differ  in 
  important  anatomical  characteristics.  The  hind  toe  is  usually 
  lacking.  They  are  found  in  Asia,  Africa,  Southern  Europe,  the 
  East  Indian  Islands,  and  esp.  in  Australia  and  adjacent 
  islands,  where  they  are  called  {quails}  (see  {Quail},  n., 
  3.).  See  {Turnicimorph[ae]}. 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  The  Israelites  were  twice  relieved  in  their  privation  by  a 
  miraculous  supply  of  quails,  (1)  in  the  wilderness  of  Sin  (Ex. 
  16:13),  and  (2)  again  at  Kibroth-hattaavah  (q.v.),  Num.  11:31. 
  God  "rained  flesh  upon  them  as  dust,  and  feathered  fowls  like  as 
  the  sand  of  the  sea"  (Ps.  78:27).  The  words  in  Num.  11:31, 
  according  to  the  Authorized  Version,  appear  to  denote  that  the 
  quails  lay  one  above  another  to  the  thickness  of  two  cubits 
  above  the  ground.  The  Revised  Version,  however,  reads,  "about 
  two  cubits  above  the  face  of  the  earth",  i.e.,  the  quails  flew 
  at  this  height,  and  were  easily  killed  or  caught  by  the  hand. 
  Being  thus  secured  in  vast  numbers  by  the  people,  they  "spread 
  them  all  abroad"  (11:32)  in  order  to  salt  and  dry  them 
  These  birds  (the  Coturnix  vulgaris  of  naturalists)  are  found 
  in  countless  numbers  on  the  shores  of  the  Mediterranean,  and 
  their  annual  migration  is  an  event  causing  great  excitement. 

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