- See under bobwhite.
- 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
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- a brown North American quail, Colinus virginianus, the male of which has white markings on the head: a popular game bird
C19: of imitative origin
Word Origin and History for northern bobwhite
North American partridge, 1819, so called from the sound of its cry.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper