noun (plural same or partridges)
A short-tailed game bird with mainly brown plumage, native to Eurasia.
- Family Phasianidae: several genera and many species, in particular the gray partridge (Perdix perdix), introduced into the northern US, and the red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa), introduced into Colorado
More example sentences
- Raptors are known to prey on game species, such as quails, partridges, pheasants and rabbits.
- The ubiquitous starling is one of the most widespread problem species but blackbirds, partridges, robins, sparrows, thrushes, and finches are also common.
- For many years this bird was persecuted by game preservers who believed that it was detrimental to both pheasants and partridges.
Middle English partrich, from Old French pertriz, perdriz, from Latin perdix.
Definition of partridge in:
- The British & World English dictionary