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quail

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A great obstacle to happiness is to expect too much happiness.
Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle
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Etymology 1

From Old French quaille (French: caille).

Noun

Singular
quail

Plural
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  1. Any of various small game birds of the family Phasianidae or of the family Odontophoridae.
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Etymology 2

Middle Dutch

Verb

Infinitive
to quail

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to quail (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To shrink or waver; to become fearful or doubtful.
    • 1949, George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four, p25
      His heart quailed before the enormous pyramidal shape.

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