partridge

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noun par·tridge \ ˈpär-trij , dialectal ˈpa-trij \

Definition of partridge

plural partridge or partridges
1 :any of various typically medium-sized stout-bodied Old World gallinaceous birds (Perdix, Alectoris, and related genera) with variegated plumage that are often hunted as game
2 :any of various related birds (such as the American ruffed grouse or bobwhite) resembling the Old World partridges in size, habits, or value as game

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Origin and Etymology of partridge

Middle English partrich, modification of Anglo-French perdriz, alteration of Old French perdix, from Latin perdic-, perdix, from Greek perdik-, perdix


PARTRIDGE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of partridge for English Language Learners

  • : a brown bird with a round body and short tail that is often hunted for food and sport


PARTRIDGE Defined for Kids

partridge

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noun par·tridge \ ˈpär-trij \

Definition of partridge for Students

plural partridge or partridges
:a plump grayish brown bird that lives mostly on the ground and is sometimes hunted for food or sport


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