from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various Old World chickenlike birds of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix, small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail.
- n. Any of various similar or related New World birds, such as the bobwhite.
- intransitive v. To shrink back in fear; cower.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various small game birds of the genera Coturnix, Anurophasis or Perdicula in the Old World family Phasianidae or of the New World family Odontophoridae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (Coturnix communis), the rain quail (Coturnix Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail (Coturnix pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus australis).
- n. 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).
- n. Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.
- n. A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.
- intransitive v. To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.
- intransitive v. 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.
- intransitive v. To curdle; to coagulate, as milk.
- transitive v. To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To begin to die; decline; fade; wither.
- To lose heart or courage; shrink before danger or difficulty; flinch; cower; tremble.
- To slacken.
- To quell; subdue; overpower; intimidate; terrify.
- To curdle; coagulate.
- n. A small gallinaceous bird of the Old World, related to the partridge, and belonging to the genus Coturnix.
- n. One of the various small gallinaceous birds more or less closely resembling the quail proper: loosely applied, with or without a qualifying term, especially in the United States, to all the species of Ortyx or Colinus, Lophortyx, Oreortyx, Callipepla, Cyrtonyx, and other genera of American Ortyginæ or Odontophorinæ.
- n. A prostitute. Also called plover.
- n. The mountain quail, Oreortyx pictus, of the western United States: so named from its bright marking of white and chestnut.
- n. An Australian hemipod, or button-quail, Turnix varius.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised
- n. small gallinaceous game birds
- v. draw back, as with fear or pain
So a real bird I'm sure would be like, "Oh my God, listen to that" and they'd be out of there, so they -- they hunt what we call quail tarts, which are specially raised birds that hear noise and go "I'm going to go check that out," walk over and the vice president can just walk right up to them and either shoot them with his gun or hit them in the face with his hammer, whatever he wants to do.
Granted, shooting quail is a lot different, but clays might help work out some fundamental issues.
One of the big issues in raising quail is that preditors eat the young birds about as fast as you can release them.
He came to know the ground-nesting birds and the difference between the customs of the valley quail, the mountain quail, and the pheasants.
Hunting quail from a mule-drawn wagon is all that.
One thing I do know about quail is that they like disturbance in habitat.
My experience has shown that the wild quail is nothing more than a mythological beast these days, much like the unicorn or the hunter who never gets lost.
Remove the quail from the pan and reduce further if a thicker sauce is desired.
I've gotten shot in quail hunting, not by a mistake but pellets somehow richocehting off a tree infront and to the side of me.
A story about Dick Cheney shooting his buddy while hunting quail is now equivalent (in a moral, human sense) to a story about the Cambodian holocaust in the late 70s or a story about retro motel signs in Utah.