from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various large-footed, ground-dwelling birds of the family Megapodiidae, found in Australia and many South Pacific islands, that build mounds or burrows of earth and compost in which to incubate their eggs. Also called moundbird, mound builder, scrub fowl.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of several chicken- or turkey-like birds in the family Megapodiidae, which incubate their eggs by burying them where they receive warmth from decaying vegetation, solar radiation or geothermal heat.
- adj. Characteristic of the Megapodiidae
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of several species of large-footed, gallinaceous birds of the genera Megapodius and Leipoa, inhabiting Australia and other Pacific islands. Called also mound builder, scrub fowl, moundbird, and brush turkey. See Jungle fowl (b) under jungle, and leipoa.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as megapod.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs
From Megapodius, type genus : mega- + New Latin -podius, masculine of -podium, -pod.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)