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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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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