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

  Turnix \Tur"nix\, n. [NL., fr. L. coturnix a quail.] (Zool.)
     Any one of numerous species of birds belonging to Turnix or
     Hemipodius and allied genera of the family Turnicidae.
     These birds resemble quails and partridges in general
     appearance and in some of their habits, but differ in
     important anatomical characteristics. The hind toe is usually
     lacking. They are found in Asia, Africa, Southern Europe, the
     East Indian Islands, and esp. in Australia and adjacent
     islands, where they are called quails (see Quail, n.,
     3.). See Turnicimorphae.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: type genus of the Turnicidae: button quail [syn: Turnix,
           genus Turnix]

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