northern bobwhite


See under bobwhite.

Definition for northern bobwhite (2 of 2)

[ bob-hwahyt, -wahyt ]
/ ˈbɒbˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt /


any of several American quail of the genus Colinus, especially C. virginianus (northern bobwhite), having mottled reddish-brown, black, and white plumage.

Origin of bobwhite

1805–15, Americanism; from its cry, as heard by speakers of English Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for northern bobwhite

/ (ˈbɒbˌwaɪt) /


a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird

Word Origin for bobwhite

C19: of imitative origin
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