turnix

noun
tur·​nix | \ ˈtərniks\

Definition of turnix

1 capitalized : a genus comprising small 3-toed birds that live on grassy plains of southern Europe, Asia, and northern Africa and are related to the plovers and sand grouse and constituting with the genus Pedionomus the family Turnicidae
2 plural -es : any bird of the genus Turnix : button quail

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History and Etymology for turnix

New Latin, short for Latin coturnix quail

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