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quail (KWAYL) (verb)
To recoil with dread or terror; to falter: The unexpected sounds from the attic made Sally quail in fear of a ghost.
Peter was determined that he would not quail in the face of danger.
quail (KWAYL) (noun)
A migratory game bird found in Europe and North America: First thing in the morning, Marjory often sees a quail or two in the garden.
The quail is a timid bird; if it hears a loud sound, it will quail and huddle close to the ground so it won't be seen.
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