leipoa

noun lei·poa \līˈpōə\

Definition of leipoa

  1. 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. 2 plural -s :  any bird of the genus Leipoa

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Origin and Etymology of leipoa

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


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