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).

Origin of roadrunner

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

Definition for chaparral cock (2 of 2)

chaparral bird

noun

Also called chaparral cock.
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British Dictionary definitions for chaparral cock (1 of 2)

chaparral cock

noun

another name for roadrunner

British Dictionary definitions for chaparral cock (2 of 2)

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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