roadrunner

[ rohd-ruhn-er ]
/ ˈroʊdˌrʌn ər /

noun

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).

Nearby words

  1. roadie,
  2. roadkill,
  3. roadmap,
  4. roadrailer,
  5. roadroller,
  6. roadside,
  7. roadstead,
  8. roadster,
  9. roadway,
  10. roadwork

Origin of roadrunner

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; road + runner

Also called chaparral cock.

chaparral bird

noun

Also called chaparral cock.

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British Dictionary definitions for chaparral cock

chaparral cock

noun

another name for roadrunner

roadrunner

/ (ˈrəʊdˌrʌnə) /

noun

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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