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partridge

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noun par·tridge \ˈpär-trij, dial ˈpa-trij\

Simple Definition of partridge

  • : a brown bird with a round body and short tail that is often hunted for food and sport

Full Definition of partridge

plural partridge or par·tridg·es

  1. 1 :  any of various typically medium-sized stout-bodied Old World gallinaceous birds (Perdix, Alectoris, and related genera) with variegated plumage that are often hunted as game

  2. 2 :  any of various related birds (as the American ruffed grouse or bobwhite) resembling the Old World partridges in size, habits, or value as game

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Origin of partridge

Middle English partrich, modification of Anglo-French perdriz, alteration of Old French perdix, from Latin perdic-, perdix, from Greek perdik-, perdix


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with partridge



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