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[bob-hwahyt, -wahyt]
  1. any of several American quail of the genus Colinus, especially C. virginianus (northern bobwhite), having mottled reddish-brown, black, and white plumage.
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Origin of bobwhite

1805–15, Americanism; from its cry, as heard by speakers of English
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  1. a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird
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Word Origin for bobwhite

C19: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for bobwhite


North American partridge, 1819, so called from the sound of its cry.

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