gallinule

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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: such asa :  moorhenb :  one (Porphyrula martinica) found from the southern U.S. 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

borrowed from New Latin Gallinula, genus that includes the moorhen, going back to Latin gallīnula “chicken,” from gallīna “hen” + -ula -ule — more at gallinaceous


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