[ meg-uh-pohd ]

  1. any of several large-footed, short-winged gallinaceous Australasian birds of the family Megapodiidae, typically building a compostlike mound of decaying vegetation as an incubator for their eggs.

Origin of megapode

First recorded in 1855–60; from New Latin Megapodius, a genus name; see origin at mega-, -pod
  • Also called brush tur·key [bruhsh-tur-kee], /ˈbrʌʃ ˌtɜr ki/, mound·bird [mound-burd], /ˈmaʊndˌbɜrd/, mound build·er [mound-bil-der], /ˈmaʊnd ˌbɪl dər/, scrub fowl [skruhb-foul]. /ˈskrʌb ˌfaʊl/.

Words Nearby megapode Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use megapode in a sentence

  • Even worse, in high priestly sacrilege, he encouraged Jerry to attack a megapode hen in the act of laying.

    Jerry of the Islands | Jack London
  • The only place where the domestication of the megapode is recorded is the island of Savo in the Solomons.

  • Now the megapode of the Solomons is a distant cousin to the brush turkey of Australia.

    Jerry of the Islands | Jack London
  • Wherefore, he alone of all Somo, barred rigidly by taboo, ate megapode eggs.

    Jerry of the Islands | Jack London
  • The birds were a species of megapode, which are found chiefly in Australia and Borneo and the intermediate islands.

    The Rival Crusoes | W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for megapode


/ (ˈmɛɡəˌpəʊd) /

  1. any ground-living gallinaceous bird of the family Megapodiidae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands. Their eggs incubate in mounds of sand, rotting vegetation, etc, by natural heat: Also called: mound-builder See also brush turkey, mallee fowl

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