Definition of hemipode in English:

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hemipode

Pronunciation: /ˈhɛmɪpəʊd/

noun

Another term for button-quail.
Example sentences
  • There's a slim chance of picking up Madeiran petrel on my forthcoming Canaries trip, and I now know of a site in Morocco where the hemipodes are said to be still present and calling.
  • The buttonquails or hemipodes resemble, but are unrelated to, the true quails.
  • Also called a hemipode, it resembles a true quail in appearance and way of life but is more closely related to sandgrouse and pigeons.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Hemipodius (former genus name), from Greek hēmi- 'half' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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