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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Perdix \Per"dix\ (p[~e]r"d[i^]ks), prop. n. [L., a partridge, Gr. pe`rdix.] (Zool.) A genus of birds including the common European partridge. Formerly the word was used in a much wider sense to include many allied genera. [1913 Webster]