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QUAIL, v.i. [Quail, in English, signifies to sink or languish, to curdle, and to crush or quell.]

1. To sink into dejection; to languish; to fail in spirits. [Little used.]

2. To fade; to wither. Obs.

QUAIL, v.i.

To curdle; to coagulate; as milk.

QUAIL, v.t. To crush; to depress; to sink; to subdue. [This orthography is obsolete. The word is now written quell.]

QUAIL, n.

A bird of the genus Tetrao or grouse kind, or according to Latham's arrangement, of the genus Perdix, in which he comprehends the partridge and quail. In New England, the name is applied to a peculiar species of the perdix, which is called partridge in the middle states, but it is neither the partridge nor quail of Europe.



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QUAIL, v.i. [Quail, in English, signifies to sink or languish, to curdle, and to crush or quell.]

1. To sink into dejection; to languish; to fail in spirits. [Little used.]

2. To fade; to wither. Obs.

QUAIL, v.i.

To curdle; to coagulate; as milk.

QUAIL, v.t. To crush; to depress; to sink; to subdue. [This orthography is obsolete. The word is now written quell.]

QUAIL, n.

A bird of the genus Tetrao or grouse kind, or according to Latham's arrangement, of the genus Perdix, in which he comprehends the partridge and quail. In New England, the name is applied to a peculiar species of the perdix, which is called partridge in the middle states, but it is neither the partridge nor quail of Europe.

QUAIL, n. [It. quaglia; Fr. caille; Arm. coaill.]

A vague English popular name of certain gallinaceous birds. It is applied to more than twenty different species, and of more than one genus. Its application in New England varies within short distances, which is believed also to be the fact, in other parts of the United States.


QUAIL, v.i. [Quail, in English, signifies to sink or languish, to curdle, and to crush or quell. The Italian has quagliare, to curdle, and the Sax. cwellan, to quell, and the D. kwaal is disease. If these are of one family, the primary sense is to shrink, to withdraw, and transitively, to beat down. In W. cwl signifies a flagging or drooping; cwla, faint, languid.]

  1. To sink into dejection; to languish; to fail in spirits. – Shak. Knolles.
  2. To fade; to wither. [Obs.] – Hakewill.

QUAIL, v.i. [Fr. cailler; Sp. cuajar; Port. coalhar; It. quagliare, to curdle; W. caul, a calf's maw, rennet, chyle, a curd; ceulaw, to curdle. The sense is to contract.]

To curdle; to coagulate; as milk. – Bailey.


QUAIL, v.t. [Sax. cwellan.]

To crush; to depress; to sink; to subdue. – Spenser.


Quail
  1. To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  2. To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue.

    [Obs.] Spenser.
  3. To curdle; to coagulate, as milk.

    [Obs.] Holland.
  4. Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail (C. communis), the rain quail (C. Coromandelica) of India, the stubble quail (C. pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus australis).
  5. To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower.

    The atheist power shall quail, and confess his fears. I. Taylor.
    Stouter hearts than a woman's have quailed in this terrible winter.
    Longfellow.

    Syn. -- to cower; flinch; shrink; quake; tremble; blench; succumb; yield.

  6. Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus, Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called Virginia quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail (Calipepla Californica).
  7. Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See Turnix.
  8. A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.

    [Obs.] Shak.

    Bustard quail (Zoöl.), a small Asiatic quail-like bird of the genus Turnix, as T. taigoor, a black-breasted species, and the hill bustard quail (T. ocellatus). See Turnix. -- Button quail (Zoöl.), one of several small Asiatic species of Turnix, as T. Sykesii, which is said to be the smallest game bird of India. -- Mountain quail. See under Mountain. -- Quail call, a call or pipe for alluring quails into a net or within range. -- Quail dove (Zoöl.), any one of several American ground pigeons belonging to Geotrygon and allied genera. -- Quail hawk (Zoöl.), the New Zealand sparrow hawk (Hieracidea Novæ-Hollandiæ). -- Quail pipe. See Quail call, above. -- Quail snipe (Zoöl.), the dowitcher, or red-breasted snipe; -- called also robin snipe, and brown snipe. -- Sea quail (Zoöl.), the turnstone. [Local, U. S.]

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Quail

QUAIL, verb intransitive [Quail, in English, signifies to sink or languish, to curdle, and to crush or quell.]

1. To sink into dejection; to languish; to fail in spirits. [Little used.]

2. To fade; to wither. obsolete

QUAIL, verb intransitive

To curdle; to coagulate; as milk.

QUAIL, verb transitive To crush; to depress; to sink; to subdue. [This orthography is obsolete. The word is now written quell.]

QUAIL, noun

A bird of the genus Tetrao or grouse kind, or according to Latham's arrangement, of the genus Perdix, in which he comprehends the partridge and quail In New England, the name is applied to a peculiar species of the perdix, which is called partridge in the middle states, but it is neither the partridge nor quail of Europe.

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