Definition of Quail in English :

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Quail meaning in English

Meaning of Quail in English

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Quail pronunciation in English

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1. quail

flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised

2. quail

small gallinaceous game birds


3. cringe, flinch, funk, quail, recoil, shrink, squinch, wince

draw back, as with fear or pain

Example Sentences:
'she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf'

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nounWord forms: plural quails or quail
any small Old World gallinaceous game bird of the genus Coturnix and related genera, having a rounded body and small tail: family Phasianidae (pheasants)
any of various similar and related American birds, such as the bobwhite
to shrink back with fear; cower

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verb intransitive
to draw back in fear; lose heart or courage; cower
nounWord forms: plural quails or quail
any of a number of small, short-tailed gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae), including the bobwhite
see also partridge

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n. pl. quail or quails
1. Any of various primarily ground-dwelling birds of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix, small in size and having mottled brown plumage and a short tail. Also called coturnix.
2. Any of various similar or related birds of the Americas, such as the bobwhite or the California quail.
intr.v. quailed, quail·ing, quails
To shrink back in fear; cower.

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