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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n partridge valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada
    • n partridge a popular North American game bird; named for its call
    • n partridge small Old World gallinaceous game birds
    • n partridge heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds
    • n partridge flesh of either quail or grouse
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The "Twelve Days of Christmas" gifts: A partridge in a pear tree, two turtledoves, three French hens, four calling birds, five gold rings, six geese laying, seven swans swimming, eight maids milking, nine ladies dancing, ten lords leaping, eleven pipers piping, and twelve drummers drumming. (There are 364 gifts altogether)
    • Partridge Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of the genus Perdix and several related genera of the family Perdicidæ, of the Old World. The partridge is noted as a game bird. "Full many a fat partrich had he in mew."
    • Partridge Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging to Colinus, and allied genera.
    • Partridge The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The partridge berry is a botanical Siamese twin. Each berry develops from 2 flowers.
    • n partridge A gallinaceous or rasorial bird of the family Tetraonidæ and of one or another of the subfamilies perdicinæ, Caccabinæ, and Ortyginæ, of small size as compared with grouse (Tetraoninæ), with four toes, scaly shanks seldom spurred, fairly well-developed tail, and naked nostrils The birds more particularly designated partridges are the European species of the genera Perdix and Caccabis. The best-known of these is the common gray partridge, Perdix cinerea, the only bird of the kind that is common in Great Britain, and hence the one specifically called a partridge in English. It extends through Europe, and in Asia is replaced by closely related forms, as P. barbata and P. hodgsoniæ. Other Asiatic birds which have partridge as at least the bookname are species of Oreoperdix, Ammoperdix, Arborophila, Bambusicola, etc. Those of the last-named genus are known as bamboo-partridges.
    • n partridge By a misapplication of the name (by English sportsmen and others in South America), species of the family Tinamidæ, as Nothura maculosa, the common partridge of the pampas of the Argentine Republic, and Rhynchotus rufescens, the great or large partridge.
    • n partridge In Australia, by misapplication, species of the family Tumicidæ.
    • n partridge In New England, by misapplication, the ruffed grouse.
    • n partridge In artillery, a large bombard formerly used in sieges and defensive works. Froissart. Compare perdreau.
    • n partridge A caunon charge which consists of a number of missiles fired together; a sort of case-shot; a grenade.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Partridge pär′trij a genus of gallinaceous birds preserved for game
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. partriche, pertriche, OF. pertris, perdriz, F. perdrix, L. perdix, -icis, fr. Gr. pe`rdix
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. perdrix—L. perdix, perdicis—Gr. perdix.


In literature:

Partridge quietly buying to cover on the decline.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
In the way of meat salads, partridge or grouse are far daintier than chicken, prepared in just the same way.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
The late Charles Partridge endeavored to show up these evils and have them suppressed.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, May 1887" by Various
Some very bad shots went out partridge-shooting, attended by a very good, old, steady pointer.
"Anecdotes of Dogs" by Edward Jesse
I was just thinking that I should like a partridge and a bottle of champagne.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
There's a brook up there full of fish, they say; and there are partridges and lots of game.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
In some moods, at least, I go with the partridge-berry vine and the lady's-slipper.
"The Foot-path Way" by Bradford Torrey
She ate bits of cold partridge at intervals; at intervals she sipped a glass of claret and regarded Burleson dreamily.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
Personally I prefer it to the partridge, but this is perhaps praising it too highly.
"Birds in the Calendar" by Frederick G. Aflalo
By the time he got through with a partridge there was not much left of it but a puddle of brown feathers.
"Forest Neighbors" by William Davenport Hulbert

In poetry:

The lark will make her hymn to God,
The partridge call her brood,
While I forget the heath I trod,
The fields wherein I stood.
"The Light That Failed" by Rudyard Kipling
I would sleep, but not too soundly,
Where the sunning partridge drums,
Till the crickets hush before him
When the Scarlet Hunter comes.
"The Grave-Tree" by Bliss William Carman
`'Twas pleasant, when sap began to stir,
And branch, spray, and bud to shoot,
To hearken the newly—paired partridge whirr,
And the croak of the pairing coot;
"The Fallen Elm" by Alfred Austin
All kind of dainties, and delicates sweet
Were bought for the banquet, as it was most meet;
Partridge, and plover, and venison most free,
Against the brave wedding of pretty Bessee.
"The Beggar's Daughter Of Bethnal Green" by Henry Morley
All kind of dainties and delicates sweete
Were bought for the banquet, as it was most meete;
Partridge, and plover, and venison most free,
Against the brave wedding of pretty Bessee.
"The Beggar's Daughter of Bednall-Green" by Anonymous British
A half-moon host of churls with flags and sticks
Hallooed and hurtled up the partridge brood,
And Death clapped hands from all the echoing thicks,
And trampling envy spied me where I stood;
"The Giant Puff-Ball" by Edmund Blunden

In news:

Photograph by Rondal Partridge , 'Potato Field Madonna,' Kern County, California, 1940 Babe in Burlap: Partridge photographed this young woman in the Central Valley in 1940.
Buying each item in the song just once — from a partridge in a pear tree to a dozen drummers drumming — will cost you $18,920, or 3.1% more than last year, according to PNC Financial Services Group.
Partridge Trap school reunion held.
Don't get too excited but a mini- Partridge Family reunion was held Saturday in Atlantic City when David Cassidy and Danny Bonaduce played a song onstage together. describes a lawsuit the actor has filed against the entertainment giant, claiming the studio used his image on merchandising for "The Partridge Family" TV show without his permission for more than four decades.
Give the floral designer sticks from the yard or woods, a small clay pot and faux pears and within minutes he whisks the pieces into a centerpiece he calls “Partridge in a Pear Tree .”.
Partridge in a Pear Tree topiary.
Floral designer Don Haynie came up with a "Partridge in a Pear Tree" centerpiece.
Count Paolo Marzotto, an active sportsman, loves this dish with the partridges he hunts.
DNR trying to stop off-road vehicles usage at Partridge Point.
Sikeston's Brooke Partridge returns the ball while doubles partner Erica Garrett looks on Wednesday afternoon.
DNR trying to stop off -road vehicles usage at Partridge Point.
The year was 1982, and Andy Partridge should have been on the cusp of stardom.
Chester and Irene Dziesinski of 201 Partridge Ave, Alpena, recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary with a weekend family gathering at the Holiday Inn of West Branch.
Mid Morning Matters With Alan Partridge: created for Foster's.

In science:

At low enough temperatures, Bose-Einstein condensation of pairs of atoms was observed through the typical bimodal distribution of the molecular profiles (see Fig. 1) (Greiner, Regal and Jin, 2003; Jochim et al. 2003; Zwierlein et al., 2003; Bourdel et al., 2004; Partridge et al., 2005).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
Partridge et al. 2006a and 2006b) has concerned the study of spin polarized configurations with an unequal number of atoms occupying two different spin states.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
In this case, the effective range is irrelevant at the many-body level and the properties of the gas near the resonance can be described only in terms of kF |a| (Partridge et al., 2005).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
The function g↑↓(r) has been the ob ject of experimental studies using spectroscopic techniques (Greiner et al., 2004; Partridge et al., 2005).
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases
In particular, Partridge et al. (2005) measured the rate of molecular photoexcitation using an optical probe sensitive to short-range pair correlations.
Theory of ultracold Fermi gases