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  • quadrille
    /kwadríl/ [Vir. idem (Roy); OED → 1862] n. a folk dance performed by sets of couples: 1978 Quadrille. . .[done to] the heel-and-toe polka, the ...
  • quail
    [W3 different sp.] n. 1. a bird, the bobwhite (Colinus virginianus): 1975 (Brudenell 40). 2. the partridge, Ortyx virginianus: 1880 (Cory 142). (Inagua, San Sal., ...
  • Quakoo
    /kwákuw/ [Car.; cf. DJE "Quakoo...cf. Twi Kwàkú, a male belonging to Wukú, personal Genius, because he was born on Wukúda, the fourth day...day. name for ...
  • quality
    [W Car.; OED, a body of persons of a certain rank obs. → 1636] n. kind (of person): This quality people (Nassau). (Black) ...
  • quarm, quorm
    /kwohm/ [probably from squirm wriggle, by simplification of initial consonant cluster] v. 1. to walk in an affected manner (as of a woman showing off ...
  • quarry (soil)
    [cf. DAE quarry the stone that is quarried (individualism?)] n. crushed limestone, used in road construction: 1977 (Albury 72). cf. CURRY (White) ...
  • quarter
    [W3, a coin worth a quarter of a dollar] n. Obs. a shilling: 1888 The darkies familiarly speak of twenty-five cents or a "quarter" [of ...
  • quarter bunch
    [W Car.; technical term DJE] n. a stem with six clusters of bananas. (Inagua, San Sal.) ...
  • quarter day
    [W Car.; "so-called because a quarter of the working day still remains" DJE] n. three o'clock in the afternoon. Cf. HALF DAY (Eleu., San Sal.) ...
  • queen conch
    n. a small conch, Strombus gigas; it has a flat, striped "mouth": 1885 Some years ago the queen-conch (a shell with a delicate pink lining) ...
  • quorm
    See Quarm. 1348. quarm, quorm ...
  • queen crane crow
    [cf. W Car, queen john-crow, Sp. reina de zopilote (lit, queen vulture); cf. DJE king crow] n. a vulture (sp?): 1895 B' Queen Crane-Crow (Edwards ...
  • queen fish
    [Car.] n. a fish, Acanthocybium solanderi. (Inagua, San Sal.) ...
  • quicksilver bush
    [from shiny leaves] n. a shrub, Thouinia discolor: 1905 (Shattuck 258). = HARD BARK, NAKED WOOD (San Sal.) ...