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QUAIL
[ Also see Animals Birds ]

In jalousie I rede eek thou hym bynde
  And thou shalt make him couche as doeth a quaille.
      - Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales
         (l. 13,541), The Clerk's Tale

The song-birds leave us at the summer's close,
  Only the empty nests are left behind,
    And pipings of the quail among the sheaves.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        The Harvest Moon

Here's Agamemnon, an honest fellow enough, and one that loves quails, but he has not so much brain as ear-wax; and the goodly transformation of Jupiter there, his brother, the bull, the primitive statue and oblique memorial of cockolds; a thrifty shoeing-horn in a chain, hanging at his brother's leg, to what form but that he is should wit larded with malice and malice forced with wit turn him to? To an ass, were nothing; he is both ass and ox: to an ox, were nothing; he is both ox and ass. To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard, an owl, a puttock, or a herring without roe, I would not care; but to be Memelaus! I would conspire against destiny.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The History of Troilus and Cressida
         (Thersites at V, i)


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