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king rail

a large, long-billed rail, Rallus elegans, of North America, having reddish-brown plumage.
Origin of king rail
An Americanism dating back to 1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Its nesting or eggs will not differ from those of the king rail.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • She had heard the king rail to his barons upon the impudence of London.

    In the Days of the Guild Louise Lamprey
  • A grayish colored Rail, about the size of, and with the markings similar to those of the king rail.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • It is as exclusively a salt water species as the king rail is a fresh water one.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Coloration almost exactly like that of the king rail, but the bird is much smaller.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • Hence it seems to me that the king rail is more king by marriage than in his own right.

  • The king rail is the largest of the American true rails and is favored with a number of popular names.

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