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.
- 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/.
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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.
The only place where the domestication of the megapode is recorded is the island of Savo in the Solomons.In the Andamans and Nicobars | C. Boden Kloss
Now the megapode of the Solomons is a distant cousin to the brush turkey of Australia.
Wherefore, he alone of all Somo, barred rigidly by taboo, ate megapode eggs.
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
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