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 [This orthography is obsolete.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.]
- To sink into dejection; to languish; to fail in spirits. – Shak. Knolles.
- 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.
die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.
cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush; to subdue.
- To curdle; to coagulate, as milk.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Any one of numerous
species of Turnix and allied genera, native of the Old World, as the
Australian painted quail (Turnix varius). See
- A prostitute; -- so called because the
quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.