[ rohd-ruhn-er ]

  1. 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 ).

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Origin of roadrunner

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

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British Dictionary definitions for roadrunner


/ (ˈrəʊdˌrʌnə) /

  1. 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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