bobwhite

[ bob-hwahyt, -wahyt ]
/ ˈbɒbˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt /

noun, plural bob·whites, (especially collectively) bob·white.

any of several true quails of the genus Colinus, family Odontophoridae, including C. virginianus(northern bobwhite ), distributed through much of the Americas, having mottled reddish-brown, black, and white plumage: the bobwhite gets its name from its whistling call, which sweeps upward in pitch as an easily discernible “bob-white.”

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Origin of bobwhite

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15; imitative of its call
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British Dictionary definitions for bobwhite

bobwhite
/ (ˈbɒbˌwaɪt) /

noun

a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird

Word Origin for bobwhite

C19: of imitative origin
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