Meaning of 'quail' (Webster Dictionary)
- Any gallinaceous bird belonging to Coturnix and several
allied genera of the Old World, especially the common European quail
(C. communis), the rain quail (C. Coromandelica) of India, the stubble
quail (C. pectoralis), and the Australian swamp quail (Synoicus
- Any one of several American partridges belonging to Colinus,
Callipepla, and allied genera, especially the bobwhite (called Virginia
quail, and Maryland quail), and the California quail (Calipepla
- Any one of numerous species of Turnix and allied genera,
native of the Old World, as the Australian painted quail (Turnix
varius). See Turnix.
- A prostitute; -- so called because the quail was thought to
be a very amorous bird. - To die; to perish; hence, to wither; to fade.
- To become quelled; to become cast down; to sink under
trial or apprehension of danger; to lose the spirit and power of
resistance; to lose heart; to give way; to shrink; to cower.
- To curdle; to coagulate, as milk. - To cause to fail in spirit or power; to quell; to crush;