[ frang-kuh-lin ]

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

Origin of francolin

1585–95; <French <Italian francolino< ?

Words Nearby francolin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use francolin in a sentence

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

    Little Folks | Various
  • On this trip we killed twelve pigs, a hundred and seven francolin, one lynx, and lots of cock and ducks.

    Sketches From My Life | Hobart Pasha
  • The francolin, or bush pheasant, whirred up out of the tall tambuti grass one or two at a time.

    In the Whirl of the Rising | Bertram Mitford
  • A beautiful variety of francolin is found in the South of China.

    Reptiles and Birds | Louis Figuier
  • The runaway slave, whom you brand, is only a spotted francolin with us.

    The Birds | Aristophanes

British Dictionary definitions for francolin


/ (ˈfræŋkəʊlɪn) /

  1. any African or Asian partridge of the genus Francolinus

Origin of francolin

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

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