from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The leading genus of Rallinæ, containing the true rails, water-rails, or marshhens, having the bill longer than the head, slender, compressed, and decurved, with long nasal groove and linear subbasal nostrils, and the coloration plain below, but with conspicuously banded flanks. See
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There is a species of thrush, with a grey breast, and a small bird of the flycatcher kind; a rail, with very short wings and no tail, which, on that account, we named _rallus ecaudatus_.
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