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roadrunner

[rohd-ruhn-er]
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noun
  1. either of two large terrestrial cuckoos of the genus Geococcyx of arid regions of the western U.S., Mexico, and Central America, especially G. californianus (greater roadrunner).

Origin of roadrunner

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; road + runner
Also called chaparral cock.

chaparral bird

noun
  1. roadrunner.
Also called chaparral cock.
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British Dictionary definitions for chaparral cock

chaparral cock

noun
  1. another name for roadrunner

roadrunner

noun
  1. a terrestrial crested bird, Geococcyx californianus, of Central and S North America, having a streaked plumage and long tail: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)Also called: chaparral cock
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