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[kuh-tur-niks] /kəˈtɜr nɪks/
any of several small Old World quails of the genus Coturnix, especially C. japonica (Japanese quail) widely used as a laboratory animal.
Origin of coturnix
1758; < New Latin; Latin cōturnix, coturnix quail Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "coturnix novaezealandiae" retained as printed, but the correct spelling is "novaezelandiae" as printed in the species heading.

    Extinct Birds Walter Rothschild
  • The only common ones that I can call to mind are the wagtails, the pipits, and the quail (coturnix communis).

    Birds of the Plains Douglas Dewar
  • In July the black-breasted or rain-quail (coturnix coromandelica) is plentiful in India.

  • The coturnix is closely allied to the Quail; the only physical distinction between them is the absence of the back toe.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • With the first full moon of September come the grey quail (coturnix communis).

  • The gallinaceous birds are represented by a quail, coturnix novae zealandiae, now exterminated.

  • The quail, puyuh (coturnix); but whether a native or a bird of passage, I cannot determine.

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • These grassy areas were favorite haunts of the Painted Quail, coturnix chinensis.

    Birds from North Borneo Max C. Thompson
  • The coturnix vulgaris, a gallinaceous bird, allied to the partridge, but of smaller size.

  • The grey quail (coturnix communis) is a common bird of the Himalayas during a few days only in the year.

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