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land rail

noun
  1. corn crake.
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Origin of land rail

First recorded in 1760–70
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Historical Examples

  • The water-rail, and corncrake or land-rail, are also allied to the Gallinules.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • The wings are made of land-rail wing, and a little brown mallard, mixed nicely together.

  • Buffon, however, takes it with the land-rail; Gould and Yarrell put it between the little crake and water-hen.

    Love's Meinie

    John Ruskin

  • In general appearance they resembled the land-rail, but were larger, and quite as heavy on the wing.

  • Through the quiet air came the far-off rush of water, and the near cry of the land-rail.


British Dictionary definitions for land rail

land rail

noun
  1. another name for corncrake
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