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, megapode is from the New Latin word Megapodius genus name. See mega-, -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of megapode

  • We only obtained one megapode on Trinkat, and it was found in a trap.

  • During the season, he lived almost entirely on megapode eggs.

  • In truth, he cared no more for megapode meat than for any other meat.

  • Megapode eggs only stung his taste alive and stimulated the flow of his juices.

  • 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


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