from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See grallæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An order or other large group of wading birds, synonymous with Grallæ in any of its senses.
  • In Bonaparte's dichotomous physiological classification of birds, a subclass of Aves (the other subclass being called Insessores), containing those birds the young of which are hatched clothed and able to run about.


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  • What seems plainer than that the long toes of grallatores are formed for walking over swamps and floating plants, yet the water-hen is nearly as aquatic as the coot; and the landrail nearly as terrestrial as the quail or partridge.

    On the Origin of Species~ Chapter 06 (historical)

  • It woke the grallatores of the swamp -- the qua-bird, the curlews, and the tall blue herons -- who screamed in concert.

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • Of the thirty species of grallatores the most remarkable is the emu.

    The History of Tasmania, Volume I

  • The second (grallatores) are long-limbed and long-billed, that they may wade and pick up their subsistence in the shallows and marshes in which they chiefly live.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

  • In the conirostres are the perfections which belong to the incessores as an order, with the conspicuous external feature of a comparatively small notch in their bills; in the dentirostres, the notch is strong and toothlike, (hence the name of the tribe) assimilating them to the raptores; the fissirostres come into analogy with the natatores in the slight development of their feet and their great powers of flight; the tenuirostres have the small mouths and long soft bills of the grallatores.

    Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation

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