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whooping crane

a white North American crane, Grus americana, having a loud, whooping call: an endangered species.
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An Americanism dating back to 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Fisher and Goodman described the nerves in the whooping crane.

  • In North America this is to-day the status of the whooping crane, upland plover, and several other species.

    Our Vanishing Wild Life William T. Hornaday
  • The whooping crane followed, and gave him a bone from its wing for a war-whistle to frighten his enemies away.

  • The two eggs are similar to those of the whooping crane, but the ground color is lighter.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • The whooping crane is the largest of the family in America, measuring 50 inches or more in length.

    The Bird Book Chester A. Reed
  • Later the mournful call of a whooping crane floated across the prairie.

    Wings of the Wind Credo Harris
British Dictionary definitions for whooping crane

whooping crane

a rare North American crane, Grus americana, having a white plumage with black wings and a red naked face
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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