from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various wading and swimming birds of the family Rallidae, frequenting swampy regions and characteristically having dark iridescent plumage and a red bill tipped with yellow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Several species of birds in the genera Porphyrio and Gallinula of the family Rallidae.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of several wading birds, having long, webless toes, and a frontal shield, belonging to the family Rallidae. They are remarkable for running rapidly over marshes and on floating plants. The purple gallinule of America is Ionornis Martinica, that of the Old World is Porphyrio porphyrio. The common European gallinule (Gallinula chloropus) is also called moor hen, water hen, water rail, moor coot, night bird, and erroneously dabchick. Closely related to it is the Florida gallinule (Gallinula galeata).
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the subfamily Gallinulinæ, and especially of the genus Gallinula.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
Latin gallīnula, pullet, diminutive of gallīna, hen; see gallinaceous.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin "Gallinula" (Wiktionary)