button quail

noun

Definition of button quail 

: 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

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Other inhabitants include colorful Gouldian finches, waddling button quail, and terrariums filled with frogs, lizards, and other critters. Jon Gorey, BostonGlobe.com, "Rain or shine, Pioneer Valley in Western Mass. is great for a quick getaway," 16 Mar. 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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