button quail


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button quail

n
(Animals) any small quail-like terrestrial bird of the genus Turnix, such as T. sylvatica (striped button quail), occurring in tropical and subtropical regions of the Old World: family Turnicidae, order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc). Also called: hemipode

but′ton quail`


n.
any of various terrestrial birds of the family Turnicidae, inhabiting warmer parts of the Old World, that resemble but are not related to true quails.
[1880–85]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.button quail - small quail-like terrestrial bird of southern Eurasia and northern Africa that lacks a hind toebutton quail - small quail-like terrestrial bird of southern Eurasia and northern Africa that lacks a hind toe; classified with wading birds but inhabits grassy plains
wader, wading bird - any of many long-legged birds that wade in water in search of food
genus Turnix, Turnix - type genus of the Turnicidae: button quail
striped button quail, Turnix sylvatica - a variety of button quail having stripes
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In the underbrush recently, a fist-size Chinese button quail warmed four day-old hatchlings, and then moved aside to reveal living versions of Easter Peeps candy chicks, with active legs.