roadrunner

[ rohd-ruhn-er ]
/ ˈroʊdˌrʌn ər /

noun

either of two large terrestrial cuckoos of the genus Geococcyx of arid regions of the western U.S., Mexico, and Central America, especially G. californianus (greater roadrunner).

Origin of roadrunner

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; road + runner
Also called chaparral cock.
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roadrunner

/ (ˈrəʊdˌrʌnə) /

noun

a terrestrial crested bird, Geococcyx californianus, of Central and S North America, having a streaked plumage and long tail: family Cuculidae (cuckoos)Also called: chaparral cock
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