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Meaning of QUAIL

Pronunciation:  kweyl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  small gallinaceous game birds
  2. [n]  (game bird) flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
  3. [v]  draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf"

QUAIL is a 5 letter word that starts with Q.


 Synonyms: cringe, flinch, funk, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince
 See Also: bevy, bobwhite, bobwhite quail, California quail, Lofortyx californicus, move, Old World quail, partridge, phasianid, quail, quail, retract, shrink back, wildfowl



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Quail\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Qualled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Qualling}.] [AS. cwelan to die, perish; akin to cwalu
    violent death, D. kwaal pain, G. qual torment, OHG. quelan to
    suffer torment, Lith. gelti to hurt, gela pain. Cf. {Quell}.]
    1. To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade. [Obs.]
    2. To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under
       trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and
       power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to
       shrink; to cower.
             The atheist power shall quail, and confess his
             fears. I. Taylor. Stouter hearts than a woman's have
             quailed in this terrible winter.      --Longfellow.
    Syn: to cower; flinch; shrink; quake; tremble; blench;
         succumb; yield.
  2. \Quail\, v. t. [Cf. {Quell}.]
    To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to
    subdue. [Obs.] --Spenser.
  3. \Quail\, v. i. [OF. coaillier, F. cailler, from L.
    coagulare. See {Coagulate}.]
    To curdle; to coagulate, as milk. [Obs.] --Holland.
  4. \Quail\, n. [OF. quaille, F. caille, LL. quaquila, qualia,
    qualea, of Dutch or German origin; cf. D. kwakkel, kwartel,
    OHG. wahtala, G. wachtel.]
    1. (Zo["o]l.) Any gallinaceous bird belonging to {Coturnix}
       and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the
       common European quail ({C. communis}), the rain quail ({C.
       Coromandelica}) of India, the stubble quail ({C.
       pectoralis}), and the Australian swamp quail ({Synoicus
    2. (Zo["o]l.) 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. (Zo["o]l.) 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} (Zo["o]l.), a small Asiatic quail-like bird
       of the genus Turnix, as {T. taigoor}, a black-breasted
       species, and the hill bustard quail ({T. ocellatus}). See
    {Button quail} (Zo["o]l.), one of several small Asiatic
       species of Turnix, as {T. 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} {(Zo["o]l.)}, any one of several American ground
       pigeons belonging to {Geotrygon} and allied genera.
    {Quail hawk} (Zo["o]l.), the New Zealand sparrow hawk
       ({Hieracidea Nov[ae]-Hollandi[ae]}).
    {Quail pipe}. See {Quail call}, above.
    {Quail snipe} (Zo["o]l.), the dowitcher, or red-breasted
       snipe; -- called also {robin snipe}, and {brown snipe}.
    {Sea quail} (Zo["o]l.), the turnstone. [Local, U. S.]
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Seeing a live quail in your dream, symbolizes good fortune. Seeing a dead quail in your dream, symbolizes bad luck, especially in gambling. To shoot a quail in your dream, foretells of an argument with your best friend. To eat quail in your dream. forewarns of danger over extravagant spending.