Definition of roadrunner
: a largely terrestrial bird (Geococcyx californianus) of the cuckoo family that has a long tail and a crest, is a speedy runner, and inhabits arid regions from the southwestern U.S. to Mexico; also : a closely related bird (G. velox) of Mexico and Central America
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Hajduk credited the Roadrunners' schedule for molding the team's mentality late in the season.
Junior Thomas Sandt started for the Roadrunners and exited in the third inning.
Gila monsters and coyotes eat their eggs for breakfast; roadrunners and snakes snack on juvenile tortoises; badgers and golden eagles feast on adults.
Dress locally in a floral sheath from Goldwater’s, a now-defunct Arizona department store, or a Novis Denne frock with a roadrunner embroidered on the pocket.
Wildlife such as speedy roadrunners, coveys of quails and scampering desert cottontail rabbits can be spotted.
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Definition of roadrunner for English Language Learners
: a North American bird that lives in the desert and runs very fast
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Definition of roadrunner for Students
: a long-tailed bird that is found in dry regions of the southwestern United States and is able to run very fast
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