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  1. any of several small Old World quails of the genus Coturnix, especially C. japonica (Japanese quail), widely used as a laboratory animal.
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Origin of coturnix

1758; < New Latin; Latin cōturnix, coturnix quail
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Historical Examples

  • The grey quail (Coturnix communis) is a common bird of the Himalayas during a few days only in the year.

    Birds of the Indian Hills

    Douglas Dewar

  • The Coturnix vulgaris, a gallinaceous bird, allied to the partridge, but of smaller size.

  • The only common ones that I can call to mind are the wagtails, the pipits, and the quail (Coturnix communis).

    Birds of the Plains

    Douglas Dewar

  • These grassy areas were favorite haunts of the Painted Quail, Coturnix chinensis.

  • In July the black-breasted or rain-quail (Coturnix coromandelica) is plentiful in India.