1. [syn: mountain quail, mountain partridge, Oreortyx picta palmeri]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Quail \Quail\, n. [OF. quaille, F. caille, LL. quaquila, qualia,
qualea, of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. kwakkel, kwartel,
OHG. wahtala, G. wachtel.]
1. (Zool.) Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and
several allied genera of the Old World, especially the
common European quail (Coturnix communis), the rain
quail (Coturnix Coromandelica) of India, the stubble
quail (Coturnix pectoralis), and the Australian swamp
quail (Synoicus australis).
2. (Zool.) Any one of several American partridges belonging
to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially
the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland
quail), and the California quail (Calipepla
3. (Zool.) Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied
genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted
quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.
4. A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought
to be a very amorous bird. [Obs.] --Shak.
Bustard quail (Zool.), a small Asiatic quail-like bird of
the genus Turnix, as Turnix taigoor, a black-breasted
species, and the hill bustard quail (Turnix ocellatus).
Button quail (Zool.), one of several small Asiatic species
of Turnix, as Turnix Sykesii, which is said to be the
smallest game bird of India.
Mountain quail. See under Mountain.
Quail call, a call or pipe for alluring quails into a net
or within range.
Quail dove (Zool.), any one of several American ground
pigeons belonging to Geotrygon and allied genera.
Quail hawk (Zool.), the New Zealand sparrow hawk
Quail pipe. See Quail call, above.
Quail snipe (Zool.), the dowitcher, or red-breasted snipe;
-- called also robin snipe, and brown snipe.
Sea quail (Zool.), the turnstone. [Local, U. S.]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Mountain \Moun"tain\ (moun"t[i^]n), a.
1. Of or pertaining to a mountain or mountains; growing or
living on a mountain; found on or peculiar to mountains;
among mountains; as, a mountain torrent; mountain pines;
mountain goats; mountain air; mountain howitzer.
2. Like a mountain; mountainous; vast; very great.
The high, the mountain majesty of worth. --Byron.
Mountain antelope (Zool.), the goral.
Mountain ash (Bot.), an ornamental tree, the Pyrus
Americana (or Sorbus Americana), producing beautiful
bunches of red berries. Its leaves are pinnate, and its
flowers white, growing in fragrant clusters. The European
species is the Pyrus aucuparia, or rowan tree.
Mountain barometer, a portable barometer, adapted for safe
transportation, used in measuring the heights of
Mountain beaver (Zool.), the sewellel.
Mountain blue (Min.), blue carbonate of copper; azurite.
Mountain cat (Zool.), the catamount. See Catamount.
Mountain chain, a series of contiguous mountain ranges,
generally in parallel or consecutive lines or curves.
Mountain cock (Zool.), capercailzie. See Capercailzie.
Mountain cork (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
cork in its texture.
Mountain crystal. See under Crystal.
Mountain damson (Bot.), a large tree of the genus
Simaruba (Simaruba amarga) growing in the West Indies,
which affords a bitter tonic and astringent, sometimes
used in medicine.
Mountain dew, Scotch whisky, so called because often
illicitly distilled among the mountains. [Humorous]
Mountain ebony (Bot.), a small leguminous tree (Bauhinia
variegata) of the East and West Indies; -- so called
because of its dark wood. The bark is used medicinally and
Mountain flax (Min.), a variety of asbestus, having very
fine fibers; amianthus. See Amianthus.
Mountain fringe (Bot.), climbing fumitory. See under
Mountain goat. (Zool.) See Mazama.
Mountain green. (Min.)
(a) Green malachite, or carbonate of copper.
(b) See Green earth, under Green, a.
Mountain holly (Bot.), a branching shrub (Nemopanthes
Canadensis), having smooth oblong leaves and red berries.
It is found in the Northern United States.
Mountain laurel (Bot.), an American shrub (Kalmia
latifolia) with glossy evergreen leaves and showy
clusters of rose-colored or white flowers. The foliage is
poisonous. Called also American laurel, ivy bush, and
calico bush. See Kalmia.
Mountain leather (Min.), a variety of asbestus, resembling
leather in its texture.
Mountain licorice (Bot.), a plant of the genus Trifolium
Mountain limestone (Geol.), a series of marine limestone
strata below the coal measures, and above the old red
standstone of Great Britain. See Chart of Geology.
Mountain linnet (Zool.), the twite.
Mountain magpie. (Zool.)
(a) The yaffle, or green woodpecker.
(b) The European gray shrike.
Mountain mahogany (Bot.) See under Mahogany.
Mountain meal (Min.), a light powdery variety of calcite,
occurring as an efflorescence.
Mountain milk (Min.), a soft spongy variety of carbonate of
Mountain mint. (Bot.) See Mint.
Mountain ousel (Zool.), the ring ousel; -- called also
mountain thrush and mountain colley. See Ousel.
Mountain pride, or Mountain green (Bot.), a tree of
Jamaica (Spathelia simplex), which has an unbranched
palmlike stem, and a terminal cluster of large, pinnate
Mountain quail (Zool.), the plumed partridge (Oreortyx
pictus) of California. It has two long, slender,
plumelike feathers on the head. The throat and sides are
chestnut; the belly is brown with transverse bars of black
and white; the neck and breast are dark gray.
Mountain range, a series of mountains closely related in
position and direction.
Mountain rice. (Bot.)
(a) An upland variety of rice, grown without irrigation,
in some parts of Asia, Europe, and the United States.
(b) An American genus of grasses (Oryzopsis).
Mountain rose (Bot.), a species of rose with solitary
flowers, growing in the mountains of Europe (Rosa
Mountain soap (Min.), a soft earthy mineral, of a brownish
color, used in crayon painting; saxonite.
Mountain sorrel (Bot.), a low perennial plant (Oxyria
digyna with rounded kidney-form leaves, and small
greenish flowers, found in the White Mountains of New
Hampshire, and in high northern latitudes. --Gray.
Mountain sparrow (Zool.), the European tree sparrow.
Mountain spinach. (Bot.) See Orach.
Mountain tobacco (Bot.), a composite plant (Arnica
montana) of Europe; called also leopard's bane.
Mountain witch (Zool.), a ground pigeon of Jamaica, of the
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: California partridge; slightly larger than the California
quail [syn: mountain quail, mountain partridge,
Oreortyx picta palmeri]