coturnix

[ kuh-tur-niks ]
/ kəˈtɜr nɪks /

noun

any of several small true quails of the genus Coturnix, especially C. coturnix(common quail, or European quail ), a widespread game bird of Europe and North Africa, and C. japonica(Japanese quail ), breeding mostly in East and Central Asia and widely used as a laboratory animal.

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Origin of coturnix

First recorded in 1755–60; from New Latin, Latin cōturnīx, coturnīx “quail”
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