snow partridge

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Snow \Snow\, n. [OE. snow, snaw, AS. sn[=a]w; akin to D. sneeuw,
   OS. & OHG. sn[=e]o, G. schnee, Icel. sn[ae]r, snj[=o]r,
   snaj[=a]r, Sw. sn["o], Dan. snee, Goth. snaiws, Lith.
   sn["e]gas, Russ. snieg', Ir. & Gael. sneachd, W. nyf, L. nix,
   nivis, Gr. acc. ni`fa, also AS. sn[imac]wan to snow, G.
   schneien, OHG. sn[imac]wan, Lith. snigti, L. ningit it snows,
   Gr. ni`fei, Zend snizh to snow; cf. Skr. snih to be wet or
   sticky. [root]172.]
   1. Watery particles congealed into white or transparent
      crystals or flakes in the air, and falling to the earth,
      exhibiting a great variety of very beautiful and perfect
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   Note: Snow is often used to form compounds, most of which are
         of obvious meaning; as, snow-capped, snow-clad,
         snow-cold, snow-crowned, snow-crust, snow-fed,
         snow-haired, snowlike, snow-mantled, snow-nodding,
         snow-wrought, and the like.
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   2. Fig.: Something white like snow, as the white color
      (argent) in heraldry; something which falls in, or as in,
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            The field of snow with eagle of black therein.
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   Red snow. See under Red.
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   Snow bunting. (Zool.) See Snowbird, 1.

   Snow cock (Zool.), the snow pheasant.

   Snow flea (Zool.), a small black leaping poduran
      (Achorutes nivicola) often found in winter on the snow
      in vast numbers.

   Snow flood, a flood from melted snow.

   Snow flower (Bot.), the fringe tree.

   Snow fly, or Snow insect (Zool.), any one of several
      species of neuropterous insects of the genus Boreus. The
      male has rudimentary wings; the female is wingless. These
      insects sometimes appear creeping and leaping on the snow
      in great numbers.

   Snow gnat (Zool.), any wingless dipterous insect of the
      genus Chionea found running on snow in winter.

   Snow goose (Zool.), any one of several species of arctic
      geese of the genus Chen. The common snow goose ({Chen
      hyperborea}), common in the Western United States in
      winter, is white, with the tips of the wings black and
      legs and bill red. Called also white brant, wavey, and
      Texas goose. The blue, or blue-winged, snow goose ({Chen
      coerulescens}) is varied with grayish brown and bluish
      gray, with the wing quills black and the head and upper
      part of the neck white. Called also white head,
      white-headed goose, and bald brant.

   Snow leopard (Zool.), the ounce.

   Snow line, lowest limit of perpetual snow. In the Alps this
      is at an altitude of 9,000 feet, in the Andes, at the
      equator, 16,000 feet.

   Snow mouse (Zool.), a European vole (Arvicola nivalis)
      which inhabits the Alps and other high mountains.

   Snow pheasant (Zool.), any one of several species of large,
      handsome gallinaceous birds of the genus Tetraogallus,
      native of the lofty mountains of Asia. The Himalayn snow
      pheasant (Tetraogallus Himalayensis) in the best-known
      species. Called also snow cock, and snow chukor.

   Snow partridge. (Zool.) See under Partridge.

   Snow pigeon (Zool.), a pigeon (Columba leuconota) native
      of the Himalaya mountains. Its back, neck, and rump are
      white, the top of the head and the ear coverts are black.

   Snow plant (Bot.), a fleshy parasitic herb ({Sarcodes
      sanguinea}) growing in the coniferous forests of
      California. It is all of a bright red color, and is fabled
      to grow from the snow, through which it sometimes shoots
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Partridge \Par"tridge\ (p[aum]r"tr[i^]j), n. [OE. partriche,
   pertriche, OF. pertris, perdriz, F. perdrix, L. perdix,
   -icis, fr. Gr. pe`rdix.] (Zool.)
   1. Any one of numerous species of small gallinaceous birds of
      the genus Perdix and several related genera of the
      family Perdicid[ae], of the Old World. The partridge is
      noted as a game bird.
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            Full many a fat partrich had he in mew. --Chaucer.
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   Note: The common European, or gray, partridge ({Perdix
         cinerea}) and the red-legged partridge ({Caccabis
         rubra}) of Southern Europe and Asia are well-known
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   2. Any one of several species of quail-like birds belonging
      to Colinus, and allied genera. [U.S.]
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   Note: Among them are the bobwhite (Colinus Virginianus) of
         the Eastern States; the plumed, or mountain, partridge
         (Oreortyx pictus) of California; the Massena
         partridge (Cyrtonyx Montezum[ae]); and the California
         partridge (Callipepla Californica).
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   3. The ruffed grouse (Bonasa umbellus). [New Eng.]
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   Bamboo partridge (Zool.), a spurred partridge of the genus
      Bambusicola. Several species are found in China and the
      East Indies.

   Night partridge (Zool.), the woodcock. [Local, U.S.]

   Painted partridge (Zool.), a francolin of South Africa
      (Francolinus pictus).

   Partridge berry. (Bot.)
      (a) The scarlet berry of a trailing american plant
          (Mitchella repens) of the order Rubiace[ae],
          having roundish evergreen leaves, and white fragrant
          flowers sometimes tinged with purple, growing in pairs
          with the ovaries united, and producing the berries
          which remain over winter; also, the plant itself.
      (b) The fruit of the creeping wintergreen ({Gaultheria
          procumbens}); also, the plant itself.

   Partridge dove (Zool.) Same as Mountain witch, under

   Partridge pea (Bot.), a yellow-flowered leguminous herb
      (Cassia Cham[ae]crista), common in sandy fields in the
      Eastern United States.

   Partridge shell (Zool.), a large marine univalve shell
      (Dolium perdix), having colors variegated like those of
      the partridge.

   Partridge wood
      (a) A variegated wood, much esteemed for cabinetwork. It
          is obtained from tropical America, and one source of
          it is said to be the leguminous tree Andira inermis.
          Called also pheasant wood.
      (b) A name sometimes given to the dark-colored and
          striated wood of some kind of palm, which is used for
          walking sticks and umbrella handles.

   Sea partridge (Zool.), an Asiatic sand partridge
      (Ammoperdix Bonhami); -- so called from its note.

   Snow partridge (Zool.), a large spurred partridge ({Lerwa
      nivicola}) which inhabits the high mountains of Asia;
      called also jermoonal.

   Spruce partridge. See under Spruce.

   Wood partridge, or Hill partridge (Zool.), any small
      Asiatic partridge of the genus Arboricola.
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