American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A swift-running, crested bird (Geococcyx californianus) of southwest North America, having streaked brownish plumage and a long tail. Also called chaparral bird, chaparral cock.
- n. Either of two species of bird in the genus Geococcyx of the cuckoo family, native to North and Central America. They are fast runners.
- n. speedy largely terrestrial bird found from California and Mexico to Texas
- road + runner (Wiktionary)
“The Red Shore have just signed to metal juggernaut/label roadrunner records.”
“I wanted to ask Governor Richardson whether he was aware that the roadrunner is the state bird of New Mexico.”
“we pay $45/mo. for twc's roadrunner, which is pretty reliable and pretty fast too.”
“The "roadrunner" gentleman was joined by a friend trailing a carry-on suitcase, though he looked like he was traveling no further than the floor beside his buddy.”
“BBC - Earth News - Agile 'roadrunner' dinosaur fossil discovered in China: One the most agile dinosaurs so far discovered has been unearthed in China.”
“The tiny dinosaur, dubbed a 'roadrunner' by the scientists who found it, is also one of the smallest dinosaurs known.”
“Is your "roadrunner" still something which fulfills these -- or is it a ferret you need to be chasing?”
“Everyone has a "roadrunner" in their life -- a goal which seems to escape them.”
“You simply got so used to chasing your "roadrunner," you forgot why you wanted to chase it -- and now in 2009 it's more relevant for you to go ferret-chasing instead.”
“Dustin: According to the law, and the fcc, ISP companies such as roadrunner do not have the right to degrade or block any lawful programs, are you aware of this?”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘roadrunner’.
A list of words which yield surprising, beautiful, amusing, or otherwise noteworthy images here on Wordnik.
Fictitious birds. Thanks to PossibleUnderscore for the idea! (Please add a brief description under "Comments" if the creature isn't well-known.)
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
An extensive list I have been working on for quite some time. Feel free to add more of the kind if you miss any.
Short phrases or names that could be shortened to R&R.
Birds endemic to the United States and/or North America.
Words from newspaper names/titles. Not the place names or titles of specific publications, just the reusable bits.
A list of birders' "shorthand" names, traditional nicknames, non-English names, and obsolete names for feathered creatures worldwide.
Interesting blog entry here on naming U.S. birds.
Looking for tweets for roadrunner.