One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, relating to, or resembling a partridge; specifically relating to or designating game birds of the subfamily Perdicinae (of the family Phasianidae) or the tribe Perdicini (of the subfamily Phasianinae).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in The Century Dictionary. From scientific Latin Perdix, genus name + -ine. In specific sense after scientific Latin Perdicinae, subfamily name, or Perdicini, tribe name.
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