American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A colorful gallinule (Porphyrula martinica) of South America and the southeast United States, having a purple head, neck, and underpart, a greenish-bronze back, yellow legs, and yellow-tipped red bill.
- n. A related Old World gallinule (Porphyrio porphyrio) having dark, bluish-purple plumage and red legs.
- n. gallinules with showy purplish plumage
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