road·​run·​ner | \ ˈrōd-ˌrə-nər How to pronounce roadrunner (audio) \

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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Examples of roadrunner in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vote was declared void and a second election was held — this time the roadrunner and the armadillo were the top contenders. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 Instead, this was a joyful announcement to my wife as our resident roadrunner showed up with a couple of companions. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 Apparently, there was roadrunner romance that sparked a new pairing and resulted in a successful nesting cycle and one fledgling bird. San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Mar. 2022 The roadrunner was transported up to Avian Haven, where it was given shelter in an indoor pool area, which is heated in colder months. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 Weighing in at over half a pound, the roadrunner was more likely a male, a follow-up Facebook post stated this week. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 In less than an hour, 73-year-old Karen Silverman did what Wile E. Coyote has not been able to do for decades: catch a roadrunner. Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2021 After a runoff election, Rowdy, the roadrunner, was named UTSA’s mascot. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 19 Nov. 2021 The greater roadrunner, a species native to Southwestern states, hitched a ride in the storage area of a moving van from Las Vegas to Westbrook, Maine. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 29 Nov. 2012 See More

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First Known Use of roadrunner

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of roadrunner was in 1856

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16 Apr 2022

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“Roadrunner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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road·​run·​ner | \ ˈrōd-ˌrə-nər How to pronounce roadrunner (audio) \

Kids Definition of roadrunner

: 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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