lei·​poa | \ līˈpōə \

Definition of leipoa

1 capitalized : a genus of Australian mound-building megapodes with black, white, brown, and gray ocellated plumage that are about two feet long, have a short crest, and comprise a single species (L. ocellata)
2 plural -s : any bird of the genus Leipoa

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History and Etymology for leipoa

New Latin, from Greek leipein to leave + ōion egg; from the fact that it deserts its eggs

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“Leipoa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leipoa. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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