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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An order of inland marsh-dwelling birds with long legs and necks and bills that wade in water in search of food, including cranes, rails, and bustards.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A superfamily or suborder of Alectorides, containing the gruiform as distinguished from the ralliform birds, or the schizognathous, schizorhinal, præcocial, grallatorial birds: corresponding to the Geranomorphæ in a strict sense, and contrasted with Ralliformes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inland marsh-dwelling birds with long legs and necks and bills that wade in water in search of food: cranes; rails; bustards

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