Associations to the word «Quail»


QUAIL, verb. (intransitive) To waste away; to fade, wither. [from 15th c.]
QUAIL, verb. (transitive) (now rare) To frighten, daunt (someone). [from 16th c.]
QUAIL, verb. (intransitive) To lose heart or courage; to be daunted, fearful. [from 16th c.]
QUAIL, verb. (intransitive) To slacken, give way (of courage, faith etc.). [from 16th c.]
QUAIL, noun. Any of various small game birds of the genera Coturnix, Anurophasis or Perdicula in the Old World family Phasianidae or of the New World family Odontophoridae.
QUAIL, noun. (obsolete) A prostitute; so called because the quail was thought to be a very amorous bird.
QUAIL, verb. To curdle; to coagulate, as milk does.
QUAIL, proper noun. A surname​.
QUAIL DOVE, noun. Alternative spelling of quail-dove
QUAIL HAWK, noun. The New Zealand falcon, Falco novaeseelandiae, formerly also Hieracidea novae-hollandiae.
QUAIL PIPE, noun. A device used to imitate the sound of quails.
QUAIL PIPES, noun. Plural of quail pipe

Dictionary definition

QUAIL, noun. Flesh of quail; suitable for roasting or broiling if young; otherwise must be braised.
QUAIL, noun. Small gallinaceous game birds.
QUAIL, verb. Draw back, as with fear or pain; "she flinched when they showed the slaughtering of the calf".

Wise words

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