gallinule

[gal-uh-nool, -nyool]

Origin of gallinule

1770–80; < New Latin Gallinula a genus name, Late Latin gallīnula chicken, equivalent to Latin gallīn(a) hen + -ula -ule
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gallinule

noun
  1. any of various aquatic birds of the genera Porphyrio and Porphyrula, typically having a dark plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
  2. common gallinule the US name for moorhen (def. 1)

Word Origin for gallinule

C18: from New Latin Gallīnula genus name, from Late Latin: pullet, chicken, from Latin gallīna hen
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