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).
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).
Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.
A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.
Small upland game bird known to travel in a covey and scare the living daylights out of hunters and hikers.
A small game bird now protected in the wild but farmed for table use.
small gallinaceous game birds
a bird that likes to live on the ground
a small bird and damn hard to hit
A quail is a small, short-tailed chickenlike bird found in the wild.
Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds in the Pheasant family Phasianidae. Quails include edible game species. The Common Quail was previously much favoured in French cooking, but quail for the table are now more likely to be domesticated Japanese Quail. Quail are commonly eaten complete with the bones, since these are easily chewed and the small size of the bird makes it inconvenient to remove them. The eggs of quail are considered a delicacy, and are sometimes used raw in sushi.
a game bird sought for its fine flavor.
A popular game bird bred in Japan for its eggs, as...
Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds in the pheasant family Phasianidae, or in the family Odontophoridae. This article deals with the Old World species in the former family. The New World quails are not closely related, but are named for their similar appearance and behaviour.