Definition of oeil-de-perdrix in English:

oeil-de-perdrix

noun

  • 1More fully "oeil-de-perdrix champagne", "oeil-de-perdrix wine". A pale red or rosé wine or champagne; the pink or pale red colour of such a wine.

  • 2A repeating pattern of dotted circles, usually on a coloured background, used to decorate some French pottery and porcelain. Frequently attributive, especially in "oeil-de-perdrix pattern".

  • 3Lacemaking. A similar design consisting of small whole-stitch hexagonals inside a hexagonal mesh, used as a ground or filling in bobbin lace.

Origin

Late 17th century. From French oeil-de-perdrix (of wine) a ruby colour from oeil eye + de + perdrix partridge.

Pronunciation

oeil-de-perdrix

/ˌɔɪdəˈpəːdriː(z)/