Definition of roadrunner in English:

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roadrunner

Pronunciation: /ˈrōdˌrənər/

noun

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A slender fast-running bird of the cuckoo family, found chiefly in arid country from the southern US to Central America.
  • Genus Geococcyx, family Cuculidae: two species, in particular the greater roadrunner (G. californianus.
Example sentences
  • In one intriguing trackway, the footfalls of a fringe-toed lizard were paralleled by the prints of a roadrunner, a lizard-eating bird.
  • I've stumbled upon quail amidst the redwoods, roadrunners in the Hill Country, and a colony of flamingo in the heart of Hong Kong.
  • In this landscape ringed by red-rock hills that take on a spectacular hue at sunset, small pleasures - fleeting glimpses of roadrunners, stretches of freshly paved road - are unexpectedly gratifying.

Origin

Probably a calque from Spanish correcamino.

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Syllabification: road·run·ner

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