Perdix perdix



  • Any bird of a number of genera in the family Phasianidae, notably in the genera Perdix and Alectoris.
  • A type cannon charge composed of several missiles fired all together, similar to langrage or case-shot. Also a large cannon that shoots stones.


  • From Middle English partrich, partriche, pertriche, perdriz, from Old French perdriz, partriz, from Latin perdīx ("partridge"), from Ancient Greek πέρδιξ ("partridge"), probably from πέρδομαι.

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