fran·​co·​lin | \ ˈfraŋ-k(ə-)lən How to pronounce francolin (audio) \

Definition of francolin

: any of a genus (Francolinus) of partridges of chiefly southern Asia and Africa

Examples of francolin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Eoff and Lee showed me what the 'ohana built in the ensuing years, taking me through rows of taro plants and ipu squash vines in the canoe garden while little brown francolin birds scattered at our advance. Soleil Ho, GQ, "Kohanaiki: Where the Mega-Rich Hide Away on Hawai'i," 20 Apr. 2018 Instead, the forests are filled with another immigrant, Erckel’s francolin—a ground bird from Africa. Brendan Borrell, Smithsonian, "Hawaii’s Last Outlaw Hippies," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of francolin

1594, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for francolin

French, from Italian francolino

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“Francolin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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