P`ARTRIDGE, n. [L. perdix.] A wild fowl of the genus Tatrao. Latham arranges the partridge and quail in a genus under the name of Perdix, and assigns the grous to the genus Tetrao. The partridge is esteemed a great delicacy at the table. The term partridge is applied in Pennsylvania to the bird called quail in New England, a peculiar species of Perdix; in New England it is applied to the ruffed grous, a species of Tetrao.
PART'RIDGE, n. [Fr. perdrix; It. pernice; Sp. perdiz; perdix; Gr. περδιξ; D. patrys; Ir. patrisg.]
A vague popular name of a considerable number of species of gallinaceous birds of the tetraonid tribe, some of which belong to the genus Perdix, some to Allagis, some to Ortyx, some to Tetrao, &c. Within small sections of country, even in New England, this name is differently and variously applied, so that is impossible to say to what bird it properly belongs.
- Any one of
numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of the genus
Perdix and several related genera of the family
Perdicidæ, of the Old World. The partridge is noted as a
- Any one of several species of quail-like
birds belonging to Colinus, and allied genera.
- The ruffed grouse (Bonasa