- 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
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Examples from the Web for gallinule
Seale (1901:31) found the Gallinule to be abundant at Guam in marshes and taro patches.The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3
Rollin H. Baker
Gallinule, gal′i-nūl, n. a genus of aquatic birds closely allied to the coots, of which the common water-hen is a species.
Gallinule and cockatoos were in large flocks feeding on the grass seeds, which were now nearly ripe.Journals of Australian Explorations
A C and F T Gregory
The Florida gallinule is in general pretty silent, I think; but he has a noisy season; then he is indeed noisy enough.
A good many of my jaunts took me past the gallinule swamp before mentioned, and almost always I stopped and went near.
- 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)
C18: from New Latin Gallīnula genus name, from Late Latin: pullet, chicken, from Latin gallīna hen