from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flightless bird (Gallirallus australis) of New Zealand, having mottled brown plumage and short legs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The woodhen, a flightless bird of New Zealand.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A New Zealand rail (Ocydromus australis) which has wings so short as to be incapable of flight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several species of large, flightless rails of the genus Ocydromus, found in New Zealand: commonly known as wood-hen.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition having short wings each with a spur used in fighting
Maori.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)