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roadrunner

[rohd-ruhn-er]
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noun
  1. 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).
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Origin of roadrunner

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; road + runner
Also called chaparral cock.

chaparral bird

noun
  1. roadrunner.
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Also called chaparral cock.
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British Dictionary definitions for chaparral cock

chaparral cock

noun
  1. another name for roadrunner
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roadrunner

noun
  1. 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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