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purple gallinule

Syllabification: pur·ple gal·li·nule

Definition of purple gallinule in English:


1 another term for gallinule.
Example sentences
  • The beautiful Purple Gallinule lives primarily in freshwater marshes.
  • Female purple gallinules lay six to ten eggs in a nest of dead tree stems and leaves.
2A marsh bird of the rail family, with a purplish-blue head and breast and a large red bill, found throughout the Old World.
  • Porphyrio porphyrio, family Rallidae
Example sentences
  • Texans licensed to hunt with trained raptors may loose those birds through Jan. 28 on rails, moorhens and purple gallinules.
  • In the lagoon I saw a couple of coots, three moorhens chasing each other around in the grass, a magpie flying over the marsh, and a spectacular purple gallinule (not the same species as the one in North America).

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