Definition of bobwhite in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbäbˌ(h)wīt/
(also bobwhite quail)


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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 (or common) bobwhite (C. virginianus).
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: bob·white

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