quail Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"quail" in British English

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quailnoun [C or U]

uk   us   /kweɪl/ (plural quail or quails)
a ​small, ​brownbird that is ​shot for ​sport or ​food, or the ​meat of this ​bird: Quails' ​eggs are ​considered to be a ​delicacy.

quailverb [I]

uk   us   /kweɪl/ literary
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 ​angryvoice. She quailed before her boss's ​anger.
(Definition of quail from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quail" in American English

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quailnoun [C/U]

 us   /kweɪl/
a ​smallbrownbird with a ​shorttail, sometimes ​hunted as a ​sport and ​eaten as a ​food
(Definition of quail from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “quail”
in Spanish acobardarse, amedrentarse…
in Vietnamese run sợ…
in Malaysian berasa kecut…
in Thai เสียขวัญ…
in French reculer (devant)…
in German verzagen…
in Chinese (Simplified) 鹌鹑…
in Turkish bıldırcın…
in Russian перепел…
in Indonesian gemetar…
in Chinese (Traditional) 鵪鶉…
in Polish przepiórka…
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