Part of speech: noun

A small game- bird.

Part of speech: verb

To shrink from facing trial or pain; cower; lose heart.

Part of speech: noun

A small game- bird; a bob white or the like.

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Usage examples "quail":

  1. " Dress these quail," grunted Enoch. - "The Enchanted Canyon", Honoré Willsie Morrow.
  2. It's quail he's after, I believe. - "In the Wilderness", Robert Hichens.
  3. The duke raised his dark, penetrating eyes to those of Hastings, which did not quail; for here world- genius encountered world- genius, and art, art. - "The Last Of The Barons, Complete", Edward Bulwer-Lytton.