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From Middle English and Old French perdriz, from Latin perdīx (partridge), from Ancient Greek πέρδιξ (pérdix, partridge), probably from πέρδομαι (pérdomai, to fart).

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partridge (plural partridges or partridge)

  1. Any bird of a number of genera in the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.
    On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me a partridge in a pear tree.
  2. (obsolete, military) A type cannon charge composed of several missiles fired all together, similar to langrage or case-shot. Also a large cannon that shoots stones.

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  • Oxford English Dictionary, "partridge, n." Oxford University Press (Oxford), 2005.