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noun gal·li·nule \ˈga-lə-ˌnül, -ˌnyül\

Definition of gallinule

  1. :  any of several aquatic birds of the rail family with long thin feet and a platelike frontal area on the head: as a :  moorhen b :  one (Porphyrula martinica) found from the southern United States to Argentina that is purplish blue with olive-green upperparts, a red and yellow bill, and a light blue frontal area

Origin and Etymology of gallinule

New Latin Gallinula, genus of birds, from Latin, pullet, diminutive of gallina

First Known Use: 1776

Rhymes with gallinule

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