- 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
Also called chaparral cock.
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Examples from the Web for roadrunner
(Contrast this to the 3,000 copies my own 2009 book, Roadrunner, has sold).Hitler’s Strange Afterlife in India
November 30, 2012
Others say the word is derived from camis, signifying a roadrunner.The Huguenots in France
"Don Coyote," the roadrunner, and other characteristic animals.Guide to Life and Literature of the Southwest
J. Frank Dobie
The prevailing color of the roadrunner is olive green, which is marked with brown and white.
The roadrunner, however, serves a better purpose in life than being run down by hounds.
This makes me think of a curious bird I noticed in my drives at San Diego, the roadrunner, classed with the cuckoo.A Truthful Woman in Southern California
- 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