francolin

[ frang-kuh-lin ]
/ ˈfræŋ kə lɪn /
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noun

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

Origin of francolin

1585–95; < French < Italian francolino < ?
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francolin

/ (ˈfræŋkəʊlɪn) /

noun

any African or Asian partridge of the genus Francolinus

Word Origin for francolin

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