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  1. mallee fowl.
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Origin of leipoa

< New Latin (1840), the genus name, equivalent to Greek leíp(ein) to leave + ōi(ón) egg (see oo-) + New Latin -a -a2; alluding to the bird's habit of leaving its eggs in a mound after laying them
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Historical Examples

  • In the scrubs to-day we saw a native pheasant's nest, the Leipoa ocellata of Gould, but there were no eggs in it.

    Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration

    Ernest Giles

  • This bird is figured in Gould's work on Australian ornithology; it is called the Leipoa ocellata.