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[ral-ahyn, -in]
  1. belonging or pertaining to the family Rallidae, comprising the rails and allied species.
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Origin of ralline

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

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

    Birds in Town and Village

    W. H. Hudson

British Dictionary definitions for ralline


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

C19: from New Latin Rallus rail ³
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