[ gal-uh-nool, -nyool ]
/ ˈgæl əˌnul, -ˌnyul /


any aquatic bird of the family Rallidae, having elongated, webless toes.

Origin of gallinule

1770–80; < New Latin Gallinula a genus name, Late Latin gallīnula chicken, equivalent to Latin gallīn(a) hen + -ula -ule Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gallinule

/ (ˈɡælɪˌnjuːl) /


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)
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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