[ral-ahyn, -in]


belonging or pertaining to the family Rallidae, comprising the rails and allied species.

Origin of ralline

1880–85; < New Latin Rall(us) name of genus (see rail3) + -ine1
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Historical Examples of ralline

  • Where they pass the winter--in what Mentone or Madeira of the ralline race--is not known.

British Dictionary definitions for ralline



of, relating to, or belonging to the Rallidae, a family of birds that includes the rails, crakes, and coots

Word Origin for ralline

C19: from New Latin Rallus rail ³
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