gal·​li·​nule | \ ˈga-lə-ˌnül How to pronounce gallinule (audio) , -ˌnyül \

Definition of gallinule

: any of several aquatic birds of the rail family with long thin feet and a platelike frontal area on the head: such as
a : moorhen
b : 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

Examples of gallinule in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane and woodcock) in combination with a Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification for waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2021 Some interesting waterfowl recorded at South Monomoy Island included 10 gadwalls, four blue-winged teal, two Northern shovelers, three green-winged teal, and two ruddy ducks, as well as a sora, a common gallinule, and two American coots., 19 June 2021 Many predators such as mountain lions, coyotes and bobcats are included in the proposals alongside game species such as mule deer, antelope and several bird species, including snipe, gallinule and merganser. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, 11 Apr. 2020 At Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary, observers found a common gallinule, as well as 25 American wigeons and 12 field sparrows., 16 Dec. 2019 There are more than 360 species of birds, including the great blue heron and the diminutive green variety, purple gallinules and roseate spoonbills, the white ibis and the black skimmer. Allen G. Breed,, 3 Dec. 2019 Among reports last week were a purple gallinule in Milton, a white-faced ibis at Sterling Peat in Sterling, and a Pacific-slope flycatcher in Hadley., 28 Oct. 2019 Purple gallinules like this one live and nest in the tufts of rice in the lake. Ben Raines |,, 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of gallinule

1776, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Gallinule.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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