Origin of roadrunner
Examples from the Web for road-runner
There are only a few animals, birds or insects who can kill a rattlesnake, and the road-runner does this about as neatly as any.Little Tales of The Desert|Ethel Twycross Foster
The Road-runner inhabits the northwestern part of the state where it has been reported for many years by local residents.Additions to the List of the Birds of Louisiana|George H. Lowery, Jr.
"It is something none of my people ever had," said the Road-Runner.
"Come," said the Road-Runner, understanding that there would be no more to the Telling.
One day I was talking to the ranchman when the road-runner appeared.A-Birding on a Bronco|Florence A. Merriam
"long-tailed crested desert cuckoo," 1847, American English, from road (n.) + runner. Earliest references give the Mexican Spanish name for it as correcamino and the English name might be a translation of that. The Warner Bros. cartoon character dates to 1948.