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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A brace of partridge whirred into the air.
▪ For domestic partridge, invariably the choker partridge, plan on a one-pound bird per person.
▪ He saw the occasional pheasant and partridge winging rapidly away beneath him, or skulking in the brown grass and bracken.
▪ He was cradling his partridge in his hands and kissing the bird.
▪ Small game birds such as quail, squab, and partridge are enhanced by this marinade.
▪ We have spent two hours an evening replanting brassica modules that his pheasants and partridges would promptly pull out again.
▪ Wild partridge and grouse take well to a variety of cooking methods, but roasting and braising are the most successful.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Ruffed \Ruffed\, a. Furnished with a ruff.

Ruffed grouse (Zo["o]l.), a North American grouse ( Bonasa umbellus) common in the wooded districts of the Northern United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black feathers on each side of the neck, and is noted for the loud drumming sound he makes during the breeding season. Called also tippet grouse, partridge, birch partridge, pheasant, drummer, and white-flesher.

ruffed lemur (Zo["o]l.), a species of lemur ( lemur varius) having a conspicuous ruff on the sides of the head. Its color is varied with black and white. Called also ruffed maucaco.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 12c., from Old French pertis, alteration of perdis (perhaps influenced by fem. suffix -tris), from Latin perdicem (nominative perdix) "plover, lapwing," from Greek perdix, the Greek partridge, probably related to perdesthai "to break wind," in reference to the whirring noise of the bird's wings, from PIE imitative base *perd- "to break wind" (cognates: Sanskrit pardate "breaks wind," Lithuanian perdzu, Russian perdet, Old High German ferzan, Old Norse freta, Middle English farten).


n. 1 Any bird of a number of genera in the family ''Phasianidae'', notably in the genera ''Perdix'' and ''Alectoris''. 2 (context obsolete military English) A type cannon charge composed of several missiles fired all together, similar to langrage or case-shot. Also a large cannon that shoots stones.

  1. n. flesh of either quail or grouse

  2. heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds [syn: tinamou]

  3. small Old World gallinaceous game birds

  4. a popular North American game bird; named for its call [syn: bobwhite, bobwhite quail]

  5. valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada [syn: ruffed grouse, Bonasa umbellus]

Partridge, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
Population (2000): 259
Housing Units (2000): 106
Land area (2000): 0.465275 sq. miles (1.205057 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.465275 sq. miles (1.205057 sq. km)
FIPS code: 54700
Located within: Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
Location: 37.967308 N, 98.091511 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 67566
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Partridge, KS

Partridges are medium sized non-migratory gamebirds, with a wide native distribution throughout the Old World, including Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. They are sometimes grouped in the Perdicinae subfamily of the Phasianidae (pheasants, quail, etc.). However, molecular research suggests that partridges are not a distinct taxon within the family Phasianidae, but that some species are closer to the pheasants, while others are closer to the junglefowls.

Partridge (disambiguation)

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Usage examples of "partridge".

She set the astrolabe on the shelf, rested bow and quiver in the corner, and hung the partridges from the rafters.

Craig looked at Bannerman, one of the nicest guys he had met in a long, long time, and wished Partridge were here.

Partridge had been doing some very quick explaining: Elias had left Mykonos and circled widely over the hillside to join some of his men stationed along this bay, While Bannerman had been instructed to stay in Mykonos in charge THE DouBLE ImAaE 291 of radio contacts.

Honour, and Partridge bestriding the third horse, they set forwards on their journey, and within four hours arrived at the inn where the reader hath already spent so much time.

It might have seemed that the cavaliere was going to entertain all the Ancients of the Republic, to judge by the capons and turkeys, the strings of ortolans, the quails, the partridges, roasting, basting or getting trussed.

You have been unlucky in the ortolans, just as I was foiled by the gray partridges, because I lost them to the goshawk falcon.

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Don Rodrigo de Buen Lozano was a mature, elegant Asturian, a champion at pelota and partridge shooting, who compensated with his other attractions for being twenty-two years older than his wife.

There were not, perhaps, many more unhappy persons than poor Partridge.

Though Partridge was one of the most superstitious of men, he would hardly perhaps have desired to accompany Jones on his expedition merely from the omens of the joint-stool and white mare, if his prospect had been no better than to have shared the plunder gained in the field of battle.

It was there that Egalite Orleans roasted partridges on the night when he and the Marquis of Steyne won a hundred thousand from a great personage at ombre.

There was trout from the hills--honest, speckled trout--and a pie of partridges slain prematurely--and what Archie pronounced to be the best beef he had eaten outside England--and an omelet of kidneys and mushrooms--and little tartlets of young raspberries.

Though quail often traveled longer distances, both partridge and ptarmigan, the grouse that turned white in snow, normally stayed within a general area close to their birthplace, migrating only a short distance between winter and summer ranges.

Starting, in pursuance of this aim, with a single specimen,her nephew, Willie Partridge, who was working on a new explosive which would eventually revolutionise warshe had gradually added to her collections, until now she gave shelter beneath her terra-cotta roof to no fewer than six young and unrecognised geniuses.

This evening - Alfredo Morales was bound upon a special mission - a work that concerned Lucien Partridge as well as others.