Definition of Oreortyx
: a genus of birds (family Perdicidae) comprising the mountain quail of the western U.S.
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Origin and Etymology of oreortyx
New Latin, from ore- + Greek ortyx quail; akin to Sanskrit vartaka, vartika quail
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