Definitions for: Quail


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.]
--Spenser.

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.


Quail, v. t. [Cf. Quell.]
To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to
subdue. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Quail, v. i. [OF. coaillier, F. cailler, from L.
coagulare. See Coagulate.]
To curdle; to coagulate, as milk. [Obs.] --Holland.


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
australis}).

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
Californica}).

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
Turnix.

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.]

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

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Famous Quotes Containing Quail:


There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.

-- Robert Frost (American Poet)

The coward wretch whose hand and heart Can bear to torture aught below, Is ever first to quail and start From the slightest pain or equal foe.

-- Bertrand Russell (British Philosopher)


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