Definition of partridge
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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Great Southern Outdoors also offers quail, chukar partridge and pheasant hunts.
Berry Bros. Guide Service reports: The sulphur hatch is nearly at hand; use a copper John or pheasant tail nymph for the nymphal stage, a partridge and orange for the emerger and a sulphur parachute for the adult stage; all in sizes 16 and 14.
A Deering partridge pea, named for industrialist John Deering, is one of the many wildflowers that grow in pine rockland and is considered very rare outside Miami-Dade County.
Los Pincelines Serious food from the mountains, like venison, partridge, suckling pig and veal, stylishly served.
Finally, North America’s gray partridge lays one of the largest clutches of eggs among birds, up to 22 eggs, with an average of 16 to 18.
Hardly a vagrant, Flanagan is a hunting guide specializing in upland game birds, including pheasant, grouse, partridge and quail.
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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
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
PARTRIDGE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of partridge for Students
: a plump grayish brown bird that lives mostly on the ground and is sometimes hunted for food or sport
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