bobwhite
noun Etymology: imitative Date: 1819 any of a genus (Colinus) of quail; especially a popular game bird (C. virginianus) of eastern and central North America having mottled chiefly reddish-brown plumage

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  • bobwhite — ☆ bobwhite [bäb′hwīt′, bäb′wīt′ ] n. pl. bobwhites or bobwhite [echoic, after its call] a small North American quail (Colinus virginianus) having markings of brown and white on a gray body; partridge …   English World dictionary

  • Bobwhite — Bob white , n. (Zo[ o]l.) The common quail of North America ({Colinus, or Ortyx, Virginianus}); so called from its note. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bobwhite — N.Amer. partridge, 1819, so called from the sound of its cry …   Etymology dictionary

  • bobwhite — /ˈbɒbwaɪt/ (say bobwuyt) noun any quail of the genus Colinus of North and Central America, such as the northern bobwhite, C. virginianus, bred as a game bird. Also, bobwhite quail. {imitative of the bird s call} …   Australian English dictionary

  • bobwhite — noun a popular North American game bird; named for its call • Syn: ↑bobwhite quail, ↑partridge • Hypernyms: ↑quail • Hyponyms: ↑northern bobwhite, ↑Colinus virginianus …   Useful english dictionary

  • bobwhite — /bob hwuyt , wuyt /, n. any of several American quail of the genus Colinus, esp. C. virginianus (northern bobwhite), having mottled reddish brown, black, and white plumage. See illus. under quail. [1805 15, Amer.; from its cry, as heard by… …   Universalium

  • bobwhite — amerikinės putpelės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Colinus angl. bobwhite rus. американская куропатка, f pranc. colin, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – Naujojo Pasaulio putpelės siauresnis terminas – baltakrūtė amerikinė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • bobwhite — noun Any one of four species of quail in the genus Colinus, of the bird family Odontophoridae, limited to the Americas …   Wiktionary

  • bobwhite — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. quail, partridge, Colinus (Latin); see bird 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • bobwhite — bob|white [ˈbɔbwaıt US ˈba:b ] n [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: From the sound it makes] a bird from North America, often shot for sport = ↑quail …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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