fran·​co·​lin ˈfraŋ-k(ə-)lən How to pronounce francolin (audio)
: 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, 20 Apr. 2018 Instead, the forests are filled with another immigrant, Erckel’s francolin—a ground bird from Africa. Brendan Borrell, Smithsonian, 28 Feb. 2018

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Word History


French, from Italian francolino

First Known Use

1594, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of francolin was in 1594

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“Francolin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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