from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various water birds of the family Rallidae, as the gallinule, rail, or coot, that inhabit marshland.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the moorhen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Any gallinule.
  • The common American coot.

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

  • n. a coot found in North America
  • n. any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens


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