Definition of gallinule in English:

gallinule

Line breaks: gal¦li|nule
Pronunciation: /ˈɡalɪnjuːl
 
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noun

A marshbird of the rail family, with mainly black, purplish-blue, or dark green plumage and a red bill.
  • Genera Porphyrio and Porphyrula (or Gallinula), family Rallidae: several species
More example sentences
  • Gender-biased incubation patterns in the rails and gallinules are poorly known, but male nocturnal incubation has been documented in several species, including at least one that is not considered a joint layer.
  • In a familiar oxbow lake, there were gallinules and egrets, even a couple of brightly colored wood ducks and five blue-winged teal.
  • It's a takahe, an extraordinary, huge flightless gallinule long believed to be extinct until rediscovered in a remote mountain range 50 years ago.

Origin

late 18th century: from modern Latin Gallinula (genus term), diminutive of Latin gallina 'hen', from gallus 'cock'.

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