Definition of megapode in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛɡəpəʊd/


A large ground-dwelling Australasian and SE Asian bird that builds a large mound of debris to incubate its eggs by the heat of decomposition.
  • Family Megapodiidae (the megapode family), which comprises the scrubfowls, brush-turkeys, malleefowl, and maleo.
Example sentences
  • Instead of using body heat to directly incubate eggs, megapodes passively incubate eggs.
  • What sets megapodes apart from these game birds is their extraordinary breeding behavior.
  • Then there's the curious megapode, a big-footed bird that is built like a chicken and emits a cry they say sounds just like a cat's.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Megapodius (genus name), from mega- 'large' + Greek pous, pod- 'foot'.

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