Button quail
Quail Quail, n. [OF. quaille, F. caille, LL. quaquila, qualia, qualea, of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. kwakkel, kwartel, OHG. wahtala, G. wachtel.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Any gallinaceous bird belonging to {Coturnix} and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail ({Coturnix communis}), the rain quail ({Coturnix Coromandelica}) of India, the stubble quail ({Coturnix pectoralis}), and the Australian swamp quail ({Synoicus australis}). [1913 Webster]

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}). [1913 Webster]

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}. [1913 Webster]

4. A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Bustard quail} (Zo["o]l.), a small Asiatic quail-like bird of the genus {Turnix}, as {Turnix taigoor}, a black-breasted species, and the hill bustard quail ({Turnix ocellatus}). See {Turnix}.

{Button quail} (Zo["o]l.), one of several small Asiatic species of Turnix, as {Turnix 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.] [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • button quail — n. any of a family (Turnicidae) of small gruiform birds that resemble quail and live in the warm regions of the Old World …   English World dictionary

  • button quail — 1. any of several birds of the family Turnicidae, of warmer parts of the Old World, resembling but not related to the true quail. Also called bustard quail, hemipode. 2. the blue breasted quail, Coturnix chinensis. [1880 85] * * * ▪ bird also… …   Universalium

  • button quail — noun small quail like terrestrial bird of southern Eurasia and northern Africa that lacks a hind toe; classified with wading birds but inhabits grassy plains • Syn: ↑button quail, ↑bustard quail, ↑hemipode • Hypernyms: ↑wading bird, ↑wader • Hypo …   Useful english dictionary

  • button-quail — noun small quail like terrestrial bird of southern Eurasia and northern Africa that lacks a hind toe; classified with wading birds but inhabits grassy plains • Syn: ↑button quail, ↑bustard quail, ↑hemipode • Hypernyms: ↑wading bird, ↑wader • Hypo …   Useful english dictionary

  • button quail — /ˈbʌtn kweɪl / (say butn kwayl) noun any of various birds of the family Turnicidae resembling quails but distinguished by the absence of the hind toe, as the little button quail, Turnix velox, found throughout continental Australia except in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • button quail — tikrosios tripirštės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Turnix angl. button quail vok. Laufhühnchen, n rus. трёхперстка, f pranc. turnix, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tripirštiniai siauresnis terminas – didžioji tripirštė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • button-quail — but·ton quail (bŭtʹn kwāl ) n. Any of various small, quail like Old World birds of the family Turnicidae that lack a hind toe and are related to the crane and the bustard. * * * …   Universalium

  • button-quail — noun a small quail like bird related to the rails. [Genus Turnix: several species.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • button quail — but′ton quail n. orn any of various terrestrial birds of the family Turnicidae, inhabiting warmer parts of the Old World, that resemble but are not related to true quails • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • button quail — noun Date: 1885 any of a family (Turnicidae) of small terrestrial Old World birds that resemble quails and have only three toes on a foot with the hind toe being absent …   New Collegiate Dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”