roadrunner

noun
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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Part of the roadrunner’s diet is small birds, and some mornings one would seemingly ignore me and squat down just below the hummingbird feeder. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Highlight of morning is visit with special guest," 31 Aug. 2019 Other performances of the Joppatowne roadrunners included Neah Shaw’s 5:40.1 in the age-14 1,500 and 2:39.94 in the 800. Bill Blewett, baltimoresun.com, "Harford County runners team up, nearly pull upset in 4x800 relay at AAU Jr. Olympics," 8 Aug. 2019 A few weeks later a roadrunner showed up with friends and family. Ernie Cowan, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Wet winter brings variety of visitors to garden," 3 Aug. 2019 Kastmasters, spoons, slabs, roadrunners, and Rattletraps will all work well. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 Kastmasters, spoons, slabs, roadrunners, and Rattletraps will all work well. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 Kastmasters, spoons, slabs, roadrunners, and Rattletraps will all work well. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 Kastmasters, spoons, slabs, roadrunners, and Rattletraps will all work well. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018 Kastmasters, spoons, slabs, roadrunners, and Rattletraps will all work well. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Heat has slowed action on some lakes, but not all," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of roadrunner

1856, in the meaning defined above

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roadrunner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of roadrunner

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

roadrunner

noun
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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