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coturnix

[kuh-tur-niks] /kəˈtɜr nɪks/
noun
1.
any of several small Old World quails of the genus Coturnix, especially C. japonica (Japanese quail) widely used as a laboratory animal.
Origin
1758
1758; < Neo-Latin; Latin cōturnix, coturnix quail
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