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clapper rail

noun

  1. a long-billed rail, Rallus longirostris, of coastal marshes of the Americas, having a harsh, cackling cry.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of clapper rail1

An Americanism dating back to 1805–15

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Example Sentences

The nests and eggs of any of these sub-species cannot be distinguished from those of the common Clapper Rail.

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