from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A division of birds, including the cranes, rails, etc.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An order or suborder of grallatorial birds, including those which inhabit marshes and are precocial, as the gruiform and ralliform birds, or cranes, rails, and their allies: distinguished from Limicolæ. More commonly called Alectorides.


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