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  1. any of numerous Eurasian and African partridges of the genus Francolinus, having sharply spurred legs.
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Origin of francolin

1585–95; < French < Italian francolino < ?
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Examples from the Web for francolin

Historical Examples

  • Of these the most valuable for the table are the partridge, the francolin, and the woodcock.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

  • A beautiful variety of Francolin is found in the South of China.

    Reptiles and Birds

    Louis Figuier

  • Still we had some rare sport, the more especially with pigs and francolin.

  • One sort of francolin is still to be met with in the countries of Europe that border on the Mediterranean.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for francolin


  1. any African or Asian partridge of the genus Francolinus
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Word Origin

C17: from French, from Old Italian francolino, of unknown origin
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