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Japanese quail

noun
  1. See under coturnix.
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coturnix

[kuh-tur-niks]
noun
  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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