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quail

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Birds
quailquail1 /kweɪl/ noun [countable, uncountable] 🔊 🔊 HBBa small fat bird with a short tail that is hunted for food or sport, or the meat from this bird
Examples from the Corpus
quail• Does that mean that a man is a better machine for running than a quail, or a chipmunk or mouse?• Combine remaining butter, mustard, honey, garlic, and lemon juice and slather over quail.• Tuck wings behind back and lightly season quail inside and out with salt and black pepper.• Season quail lightly with salt and pepper.• If the quail have been reared with siblings, both sexes prefer to mate with first cousins.• Because transplanted quail cells will behave normally in chick embryos, she realized she had an invaluable natural marker.• For his creation Malicki grills whole quail on long grapevine cuttings.
quailquail2 verb [intransitive] 🔊 🔊 literaryFRIGHTENED to be afraid and show it by shaking a little bit or moving back slightly syn shrinkquail at 🔊 She quailed visibly at the sight of the prison walls.→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpus
quail• For the first time I quailed...• I felt like Frankenstein, quailing before the monster I had created.• It would seem that even senior officers were quailing, but go they did.• Though he quailed inwardly, he managed not to flinch.• Even now there were times when Valerie quailed, when she felt crushed.
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Verb table
quail
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyquail
he, she, itquails
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyquailed
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave quailed
he, she, ithas quailed
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad quailed
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill quail
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have quailed
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam quailing
he, she, itis quailing
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you, we, theyare quailing
Past
I, he, she, itwas quailing
you, we, theywere quailing
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been quailing
he, she, ithas been quailing
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been quailing
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be quailing
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been quailing
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