from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The corncrake or land-rail, Crex pratensis.
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"There's an old meadow-crake," said Harry, who was holding the kite:
"Creek -- creek," sang the landrail or meadow-crake, apparently a quarter of a mile off.
The eggs were put in Fred's handkerchief, for Harry's and Philip's were left a hundred yards high in the air, when they went in chase of the meadow-crake; and then they went across the field to where the kite stick was left.