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megapode

[ meg-uh-pohd ]
/ ˈmɛg əˌpoʊd /
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noun

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.

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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/.

Origin of megapode

First recorded in 1855–60; from New Latin Megapodius, a genus name; see origin at mega-, -pod
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British Dictionary definitions for megapode

megapode
/ (ˈmɛɡəˌpəʊd) /

noun

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 heatAlso called: mound-builder See also brush turkey, mallee fowl
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