n. pl. partridge or par·tridg·es
1. Any of various plump-bodied game birds of several genera in the family Phasianidae, native to Eurasia and Africa and introduced elsewhere.
2. Any of several game birds, such as the ruffed grouse or the bobwhite, similar to a partridge.
[Middle English partrich, from Old French perdriz, alteration of perdis, from Latin perdīx, from Greek; see perd- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
(click for a larger image)partridge
male gray partridge
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