1. [syn: Turnix, genus Turnix]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Turnix \Tur"nix\, n. [NL., fr. L. coturnix a quail.] (Zool.)
Any one of numerous species of birds belonging to Turnix or
Hemipodius and allied genera of the family Turnicidae.
These birds resemble quails and partridges in general
appearance and in some of their habits, but differ in
important anatomical characteristics. The hind toe is usually
lacking. They are found in Asia, Africa, Southern Europe, the
East Indian Islands, and esp. in Australia and adjacent
islands, where they are called quails (see Quail, n.,
3.). See Turnicimorphae.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: type genus of the Turnicidae: button quail [syn: Turnix,