A red legged partridge.
An example of a partridge is the bird featured in "The 12 Days of Christmas."
nounpl. -·tridges or -·tridge
- any of a number of medium-sized, short-tailed gallinaceous birds (family Phasianidae), esp., an Old World species (Perdix perdix) with an orange-brown head, a grayish neck, and a rust-colored tail, now established in N U.S.
- any of various birds resembling the partridge, as the ruffed grouse
Origin of partridgeMiddle English partriche from Old French perdriz, earlier perdiz from Classical Latin perdix from Gr, probably akin to perdesthai, to break wind ( from Indo-European base an unverified form perd- from source fart): from whirring sound made by wings on rising to fly
nounpl. partridge, or par·tridg·es
- Any of various plump-bodied game birds of several genera in the family Phasianidae, native to Eurasia and Africa and introduced elsewhere.
- Any of several game birds, such as the ruffed grouse or the bobwhite, similar to a partridge.
Origin of partridgeMiddle English partrich from Old French perdriz alteration of perdis from Latin perdīx from Greek; see perd- in Indo-European roots.
male gray partridge
(plural partridges or partridge)
Via Middle English and Old French, from Latin perdÄ«x (“partridge"), from Ancient Greek Ï€ÎÏÎ´Î¹Î¾ (perdix, “partridge").