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 for Partridge
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Partridge \Par"tridge\ (p[aum]r"tr[i^]j), n. [OE. partriche,
     pertriche, OF. pertris, perdriz, F. perdrix, L. perdix,
     -icis, fr. Gr. pe`rdix.] (Zool.)
     1. Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of
        the genus Perdix and several related genera of the
        family Perdicid[ae], of the Old World. The partridge is
        noted as a game bird.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              Full many a fat partrich had he in mew. --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The common European, or gray, partridge ({Perdix
           cinerea) and the red-legged partridge ({Caccabis
           rubra) of Southern Europe and Asia are well-known
           species.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging
        to Colinus, and allied genera. [U.S.]
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     Note: Among them are the bobwhite ({Colinus Virginianus) of
           the Eastern States; the plumed, or mountain, partridge
           ({Oreortyx pictus) of California; the Massena
           partridge ({Cyrtonyx Montezum[ae]); and the California
           partridge ({Callipepla Californica).
           [1913 Webster]
  
     3. The ruffed grouse ({Bonasa umbellus). [New Eng.]
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Bamboo partridge (Zool.), a spurred partridge of the genus
        Bambusicola. Several species are found in China and the
        East Indies.
  
     Night partridge (Zool.), the woodcock. [Local, U.S.]
  
     Painted partridge (Zool.), a francolin of South Africa
        ({Francolinus pictus).
  
     Partridge berry. (Bot.)
        (a) The scarlet berry of a trailing american plant
            ({Mitchella repens) of the order Rubiace[ae],
            having roundish evergreen leaves, and white fragrant
            flowers sometimes tinged with purple, growing in pairs
            with the ovaries united, and producing the berries
            which remain over winter; also, the plant itself.
        (b) The fruit of the creeping wintergreen ({Gaultheria
            procumbens); also, the plant itself.
  
     Partridge dove (Zool.) Same as Mountain witch, under
        Mountain.
  
     Partridge pea (Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous herb
        ({Cassia Cham[ae]crista), common in sandy fields in the
        Eastern United States.
  
     Partridge shell (Zool.), a large marine univalve shell
        ({Dolium perdix), having colors variegated like those of
        the partridge.
  
     Partridge wood
        (a) A variegated wood, much esteemed for cabinetwork. It
            is obtained from tropical America, and one source of
            it is said to be the leguminous tree Andira inermis.
            Called also pheasant wood.
        (b) A name sometimes given to the dark-colored and
            striated wood of some kind of palm, which is used for
            walking sticks and umbrella handles.
  
     Sea partridge (Zool.), an Asiatic sand partridge
        ({Ammoperdix Bonhami); -- so called from its note.
  
     Snow partridge (Zool.), a large spurred partridge ({Lerwa
        nivicola) which inhabits the high mountains of Asia;
        called also jermoonal.
  
     Spruce partridge. See under Spruce.
  
     Wood partridge, or Hill partridge (Zool.), any small
        Asiatic partridge of the genus Arboricola.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ruffed \Ruffed\, a.
     Furnished with a ruff.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Ruffed grouse (Zool.), a North American grouse ({Bonasa
        umbellus) common in the wooded districts of the Northern
        United States. The male has a ruff of brown or black
        feathers on each side of the neck, and is noted for the
        loud drumming sound he makes during the breeding season.
        Called also tippet grouse, partridge, birch
        partridge, pheasant, drummer, and white-flesher.
  
     ruffed+lemur+(Zool.),+a+species+of+lemur+({lemur+varius">ruffed lemur (Zool.), a species of lemur ({lemur varius)
        having a conspicuous ruff on the sides of the head. Its
        color is varied with black and white. Called also ruffed
        maucaco.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  partridge
      n 1: flesh of either quail or grouse
      2: heavy-bodied small-winged South American game bird resembling
         a gallinaceous bird but related to the ratite birds [syn:
         tinamou, partridge]
      3: small Old World gallinaceous game birds
      4: a popular North American game bird; named for its call [syn:
         bobwhite, bobwhite quail, partridge]
      5: valued as a game bird in eastern United States and Canada
         [syn: ruffed grouse, partridge, Bonasa umbellus]

From Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary :

  Partridge
     (Heb. kore, i.e., "caller"). This bird, unlike our own
     partridge, is distinguished by "its ringing call-note, which in
     early morning echoes from cliff to cliff amidst the barrenness
     of the wilderness of Judea and the glens of the forest of
     Carmel" hence its Hebrew name. This name occurs only twice in
     Scripture.
     
       In 1 Sam. 26:20 "David alludes to the mode of chase practised
     now, as of old, when the partridge, continuously chased, was at
     length, when fatigued, knocked down by sticks thrown along the
     ground." It endeavours to save itself "by running, in preference
     to flight, unless when suddenly started. It is not an inhabitant
     of the plain or the corn-field, but of rocky hill-sides"
     (Tristram's Nat. Hist.).
     
       In Jer. 17:11 the prophet is illustrating the fact that riches
     unlawfully acquired are precarious and short-lived. The exact
     nature of the illustration cannot be precisely determined. Some
     interpret the words as meaning that the covetous man will be as
     surely disappointed as the partridge which gathers in eggs, not
     of her own laying, and is unable to hatch them; others
     (Tristram), with more probability, as denoting that the man who
     enriches himself by unjust means "will as surely be disappointed
     as the partridge which commences to sit, but is speedily robbed
     of her hopes of a brood" by her eggs being stolen away from her.
     
       The commonest partridge in Palestine is the Caccabis
     saxatilis, the Greek partridge. The partridge of the wilderness
     (Ammo-perdix heyi) is a smaller species. Both are essentially
     mountain and rock birds, thus differing from the English
     partridge, which loves cultivated fields.
     

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Partridge, KS -- U.S. city in Kansas
     Population (2000):    259
     Housing Units (2000): 106
     Land area (2000):     0.465275 sq. miles (1.205057 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    0.465275 sq. miles (1.205057 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            54700
     Located within:       Kansas (KS), FIPS 20
     Location:             37.967308 N, 98.091511 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     67566
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Partridge, KS
      Partridge
  

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