- a purple, blue, green, and white gallinule, Porphyrula martinica, inhabiting warmer areas of the New World, having a bright red, yellow, and blue bill, and lemon-yellow legs and feet.
- any of several large, Old World gallinules of the genus Porphyrio.
Origin of purple gallinule
An Americanism dating back to 1805–15
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- a long-toed purple aquatic bird, Porphyrio porphyrio (or Porphyrula martinica), of the southern US and Europe, with red legs and red bill: family Rallidae (rails, etc)