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