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ralline

[ ral-ahyn, -in ]
/ ˈræl aɪn, -ɪn /
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adjective
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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How to use ralline in a sentence

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

British Dictionary definitions for ralline

ralline
/ (ˈrælaɪn, -ɪn) /

adjective
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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