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quail

noun [C or U] uk   /kweɪl/ (plural quail or quails) us  
a small, brown bird that is shot for sport or food, or the meat of this bird: Quails' eggs are considered to be a delicacy.Kinds of meatDucks, geese and game birds

quail

verb [I] uk   /kweɪl/ literary us  
to feel or show fear; to want to be able to move away from something because you fear it: Charlie quailed at the sound of his mother's angry voice. She quailed before her boss's anger.Afraid
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