partridge

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English[edit]

Perdix perdix

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English and Old French perdriz, from Latin perdīx ‎(partridge), from Ancient Greek πέρδιξ ‎(pérdix, partridge), probably from πέρδομαι ‎(pérdomai, to fart).

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Noun[edit]

partridge ‎(plural partridges or partridge)

  1. Any bird of a number of genera in the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.
  2. (obsolete, military) A type cannon charge composed of several missiles fired all together, similar to langrage or case-shot. Also a large cannon that shoots stones.

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References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary, "partridge, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2005.