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

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  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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