button quail

noun

: any of a family (Turnicidae) of small terrestrial Old World birds that resemble quails and have only three toes on a foot with the hind toe being absent

Examples of button quail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Other inhabitants include colorful Gouldian finches, waddling button quail, and terrariums filled with frogs, lizards, and other critters. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, 16 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1854, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of button quail was in 1854

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“Button quail.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/button%20quail. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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