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water rail

noun
1.
an Old World rail, Rallus aquaticus, having olive-brown plumage marked with black and a long, red bill.
Origin of water rail
1645-1655
First recorded in 1645-55
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  • It is astonishing what a small bit of marsh or bog will content a water rail, provided there is a sufficiency of cover.

British Dictionary definitions for water rail

water rail

noun
1.
a large Eurasian rail, Rallus aquaticus, of swamps, ponds, etc, having a long red bill
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