Definition of bobwhite in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒbwʌɪt
(also bobwhite quail)


  • A New World quail with mottled reddish-brown plumage, and typically a pale throat and eyestripe.
    • Genus Colinus, family Phasianidae: two species, in particular the northern bobwhite (C. virginianus)
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    • On the hunting fields, 12,000 birds are harvested annually, consisting of pheasants, chukar partridge and bobwhite quail.
    • Sadly, the 38 bobwhite reported by only 5 observers, plus a covey of 6 seen before the count, confirms the rapid decline of these once abundant Cape birds.
    • The bobwhite is an excellent example of a species on the wane.


early 19th century: imitative of its call.

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