- any of numerous Eurasian and African partridges of the genus Francolinus, having sharply spurred legs.
Origin of francolin
1585–95; < French < Italian francolino < ?
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Examples from the Web for francolin
Of these the most valuable for the table are the partridge, the francolin, and the woodcock.History of Phoenicia
A beautiful variety of Francolin is found in the South of China.Reptiles and Birds
Still we had some rare sport, the more especially with pigs and francolin.Sketches From My Life
One sort of francolin is still to be met with in the countries of Europe that border on the Mediterranean.Little Folks
The francolin is hunted by men on foot in the country between Shiraz and Kerman, and is taken by the hand after a few flights.
- any African or Asian partridge of the genus Francolinus
C17: from French, from Old Italian francolino, of unknown origin
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