Definition of maleo in English:

maleo

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Pronunciation: /ˈmalɪəʊ
 
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(also maleo fowl)

noun (plural maleos or same)

  • A megapode native to Sulawesi, with black upper parts and white underparts.
    • Macrocephalon maleo, family Megapodiidae
    More example sentences
    • The distribution of maleo nesting-grounds is now fairly well known in North Sulawesi.
    • We could see the maleo tracks in the hard sand, and the areas where they had laid their eggs.
    • Maleos incubate their eggs by burying them.

Origin

mid 19th century: from the Moluccan dialect of Malay.

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