roadrunner

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noun road·run·ner \ ˈrōd-ˌrə-nər \

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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First Known Use of roadrunner

1856


ROADRUNNER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of roadrunner for English Language Learners

  • : a North American bird that lives in the desert and runs very fast


ROADRUNNER Defined for Kids

roadrunner

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noun road·run·ner \ ˈrōd-ˌrə-nər \

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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