Origin of land rail
First recorded in 1760–70
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Examples from the Web for land rail
The water-rail, and corncrake or land-rail, are also allied to the Gallinules.Bible Animals;
J. G. Wood
The wings are made of land-rail wing, and a little brown mallard, mixed nicely together.Blacker's Art of Fly Making, &c.
Buffon, however, takes it with the land-rail; Gould and Yarrell put it between the little crake and water-hen.Love's Meinie
In general appearance they resembled the land-rail, but were larger, and quite as heavy on the wing.Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1.
J Lort Stokes
Through the quiet air came the far-off rush of water, and the near cry of the land-rail.The Portent and Other Stories
- another name for corncrake
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