Definition of hemipode in English:


Line breaks: hemi|pode
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛmɪpəʊd


  • another term for button-quail.
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    • There's a slim chance of picking up Madeiran petrel on my forthcoming Canaries trip, and I now know of a site in Morocco where the hemipodes are said to be still present and calling.
    • The buttonquails or hemipodes resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails.
    • Also called a hemipode, it resembles a true quail in appearance and way of life but is more closely related to sandgrouse and pigeons.


mid 19th century: from modern Latin Hemipodius (former genus name), from Greek hēmi- 'half' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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