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See also: Quist


A grey bird standing on a post.
A quist or wood pigeon.


From Middle English quiste, quyste, quyshte, variants of Middle English couschot, cowschote, cowscott, from Old English cūsċeote (wood pigeon, ringdove). Doublet of cushat.


quist (plural quists)

  1. (Midlands) The wood pigeon, Columba palumbus.
    • 2012 June 26, tegater [username], “Quists, spugs and egg and bacon”, in The Hunting Life Forums[1]:
      It got me thinking about other names we used to call things when we were younger that for some reason as I got older we stopped doing.¶ For example the common woody was a quist, and the sparrow that we so used to love hunting on the summer hedgerows, once the wheat had been cut, were "spugs or spuggies"


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  1. Alternative form of quiste