bobwhite

bobwhite

[bob-hwahyt, -wahyt]
noun
any of several American quail of the genus Colinus, especially C. virginianus (northern bobwhite) having mottled reddish-brown, black, and white plumage.

Origin:
1805–15, Americanism; from its cry, as heard by speakers of English

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bobwhite (ˈbɒbˌwaɪt)
 
n
a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird
 
[C19: of imitative origin]

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bobwhite
N.Amer. partridge, 1819, so called from the sound of its cry.
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