One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short-tailed game bird with mainly brown plumage, found chiefly in Europe and Asia.
Family Phasianidae: several genera and many species, in particular the European grey partridge (Perdix perdix) and red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa)
- ‘The ubiquitous starling is one of the most widespread problem species but blackbirds, partridges, robins, sparrows, thrushes, and finches are also common.’
- ‘One day, a father and son went hunting on a Northern Reserve, looking for moose and partridge for their coming ceremonial feast.’
- ‘The club released almost 50 partridge into the wild this year, thus re-stocking a breed which has become almost extinct in the area.’
- ‘The fact that a new genus of partridge was formally described just three years ago tells how little is known about a large percentage of the species in that group.’
- ‘There were also a number of snipe, woodcock, and red legged partridge taken.’
- ‘Think roast partridge with wild mushrooms followed by a little pot of chocolate rosemary.’
- ‘And he found a number of bird species, such as the corn bunting, tree sparrow, grey partridge, skylark, linnet and yellow wagtail, which have been seriously declining since the growth of intensive agriculture.’
- ‘Rather than flapping the wings from back to belly, as other birds do, the partridges flap from head to tail.’
- ‘Then thoroughly rub each partridge with a lemon quarter so that they are well seasoned with lemon juice, particularly over their breasts.’
- ‘But after ordering partridge with red cabbage and creamed potato for £17, I picked my target.’
- ‘A group of partridge exploded out from a nearby grassy knoll.’
- ‘It wasn't long before her cheap and fresh partridge gained popularity among the residents there.’
- ‘Saddle of venison with garden golden turnips and an elderberry sauce and roasted partridge with braised red cabbage, celeriac and truffle foam were among the delights on the menu.’
- ‘For many years this bird was persecuted by game preservers who believed that it was detrimental to both pheasants and partridges.’
- ‘To determine whether the grey peacock belongs with the partridges or peafowl, more data are necessary.’
- ‘Rare orchids bloom in the island's interior and the game season from September to March brings hunters to the forests looking for duck, pigeon, and partridge.’
- ‘Thousands of the partridges, a native bird of Spain, are being bred in captivity and then released into the wild in Scotland.’
- ‘We see deer and moose crossing the meadow, we have partridge on the driveway, we see foxes regularly.’
- ‘How it got in the tree is still a mystery, since partridges are strictly ground birds.’
- ‘Raptors are known to prey on game species, such as quails, partridges, pheasants and rabbits.’
Middle English partrich, from Old French pertriz, perdriz, from Latin perdix.
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