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Meaning of PARTRIDGE

Pronunciation:  'pârtrij

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada
  2. [n]  a popular North American game bird; named for its call
  3. [n]  small Old World gallinaceous game birds
  4. [n]  heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds
  5. [n]  (US usage) flesh of either quail or grouse

PARTRIDGE is a 9 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: bobwhite, bobwhite quail, Bonasa umbellus, ruffed grouse, tinamou
 See Also: Alectoris graeca, Alectoris ruffa, Bonasa, Colinus, Colinus virginianus, covey, family Tinamidae, game bird, genus Bonasa, genus Colinus, gray partridge, Greek partridge, grouse, Hungarian partridge, mountain partridge, mountain quail, northern bobwhite, Oreortyx picta palmeri, Perdicidae, Perdicinae, Perdix perdix, phasianid, quail, red-legged partridge, rock partridge, subfamily Perdicidae, subfamily Perdicinae, Tinamidae, wildfowl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"tridge\, n. [OE. partriche, pertriche, OF.
pertris, perdriz, F. perdrix, L. perdix, -icis, fr. Gr. ?.]
1. Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of
   the genus {Perdix} and several related genera of the
   family {Perdicid[ae]}, of the Old World. The partridge is
   noted as a game bird.

         Full many a fat partrich had he in mew. --Chaucer.

Note: The common European, or gray, partridge ({Perdix
      cinerea}) and the red-legged partridge ({Caccabis
      rubra}) of Southern Europe and Asia are well-known

2. Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging
   to {Colinus}, and allied genera. [U.S.]

Note: Among them are the bobwhite ({Colinus Virginianus}) of
      the Eastern States; the plumed, or mountain, partridge
      ({Oreortyx pictus}) of California; the Massena
      partridge ({Cyrtonyx Montezum[ae]}); and the California
      partridge ({Callipepla Californica}).

3. The ruffed grouse ({Bonasa umbellus}). [New Eng.]

{Bamboo partridge} (Zo["o]l.), a spurred partridge of the
   genus {Bambusicola}. Several species are found in China
   and the East Indies.

{Night partridge} (Zo["o]l.), the woodcock. [Local, U.S.]

{Painted partridge} (Zo["o]l.), a francolin of South Africa
   ({Francolinus pictus}).

{Partridge berry}. (Bot.)
   (a) The scarlet berry of a trailing american plant
       ({Mitchella repens}) of the order {Rubiace[ae]},
       having roundish evergreen leaves, and white fragrant
       flowers sometimes tinged with purple, growing in pairs
       with the ovaries united, and producing the berries
       which remain over winter; also, the plant itself.
   (b) The fruit of the creeping wintergreen ({Gaultheria
       procumbens}); also, the plant itself.

{Partridge dove} (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Mountain witch}, under

{Partridge pea} (Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous herb
   ({Cassia Cham[ae]crista}), common in sandy fields in the
   Eastern United States.

{Partridge shell} (Zo["o]l.), a large marine univalve shell
   ({Dolium perdix}), having colors variegated like those of
   the partridge.

{Partridge wood}
   (a) A variegated wood, much esteemed for cabinetwork. It
       is obtained from tropical America, and one source of
       it is said to be the leguminous tree {Andira inermis}.
       Called also {pheasant wood}.
   (b) A name sometimes given to the dark-colored and
       striated wood of some kind of palm, which is used for
       walking sticks and umbrella handles.

{Sea partridge} (Zo["o]l.), an Asiatic sand partridge
   ({Ammoperdix Bonhami}); -- so called from its note.

{Snow partridge} (Zo["o]l.), a large spurred partridge
   ({Lerwa nivicola}) which inhabits the high mountains of

{Spruce partridge}. See under {Spruce}.

{Wood partridge}, or {Hill partridge} (Zo["o]l.), any small
   Asiatic partridge of the genus {Arboricola}.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a partridge in your dream means independence and highlights your leadership abilities. Alternatively, it represents deception and temptation.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. kore, i.e., "caller"). This bird, unlike our own partridge, is distinguished by "its ringing call-note, which in early morning echoes from cliff to cliff amidst the barrenness of the wilderness of Judea and the glens of the forest of Carmel" hence its Hebrew name. This name occurs only twice in Scripture.

In 1 Sam. 26:20 "David alludes to the mode of chase practised now, as of old, when the partridge, continuously chased, was at length, when fatigued, knocked down by sticks thrown along the ground." It endeavours to save itself "by running, in preference to flight, unless when suddenly started. It is not an inhabitant of the plain or the corn-field, but of rocky hill-sides" (Tristram's Nat. Hist.).

In Jer. 17:11 the prophet is illustrating the fact that riches unlawfully acquired are precarious and short-lived. The exact nature of the illustration cannot be precisely determined. Some interpret the words as meaning that the covetous man will be as surely disappointed as the partridge which gathers in eggs, not of her own laying, and is unable to hatch them; others (Tristram), with more probability, as denoting that the man who enriches himself by unjust means "will as surely be disappointed as the partridge which commences to sit, but is speedily robbed of her hopes of a brood" by her eggs being stolen away from her.

The commonest partridge in Palestine is the Caccabis saxatilis, the Greek partridge. The partridge of the wilderness (Ammo-perdix heyi) is a smaller species. Both are essentially mountain and rock birds, thus differing from the English partridge, which loves cultivated fields.