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Partridge Etymology

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Surprisingly, the name of this bird seems to come, ultimately, via Anglo-Norman and Latin, from Ancient Greek πέρδεσθαι, perthesthai, to break wind. It’s believed to be imitative of the rapid whirring of a partridge’s wings as it takes off from the ground (if you have ever heard this sound you’ll recognise the resemblance). The word fart comes from the same root.

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