- 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
Also called chaparral cock.
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Examples from the Web for road-runner
The Road-Runner ducked once or twice by way of refreshing his memory.
The Road-Runner balanced on his slender legs and cocked his head trailwise.
"Come," said the Road-Runner, understanding that there would be no more to the Telling.
Without a word they took hands and began to run along the trail after the Road-Runner.
"It is something none of my people ever had," said the Road-Runner.
- 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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Word Origin and History for road-runner
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