mound builder

mound builder
moundbird moundbird, mound bird mound bird . (Zo["o]l.) Any of several large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia, which build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs. Called also {mound builder}, {mound maker}, {megapode}, {brush turkey}, and {scrub fowl}.

Syn: megapode, mound builder, scrub fowl, brush turkey. [WordNet 1.5]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Mound builder — may refer to: Mound builder (people), Native American people who built mounds Moundbuilders (Southwestern College), school mascot Megapode, also known as incubator birds or mound builders Mound building termites, a group of termite species that… …   Wikipedia

  • mound-builder — moundˈ builder noun A mound bird • • • Main Entry: ↑mound …   Useful english dictionary

  • mound builder — Megapode Meg a*pode (m[e^]g [.a]*p[=o]d), n. [Mega + Gr. poy s, podo s, foot.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of large footed, gallinaceous birds of the genera {Megapodius} and {Leipoa}, inhabiting Australia and other Pacific islands.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • mound builder — /ˈmaʊnd bɪldə/ (say mownd bilduh) noun → megapode. Also, mound builder …   Australian English dictionary

  • mound builder — noun large footed short winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs • Syn: ↑megapode, ↑mound bird, ↑mound bird, ↑scrub fowl • Hypernyms: ↑gallinaceous bird, ↑gallinacean …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mound Builder — noun Date: 1838 a member of a prehistoric American Indian people whose extensive earthworks are found from the Great Lakes down the Mississippi River valley to the Gulf of Mexico …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • mound builder — megapode. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • mound builder — noun Any of several Native American people who constructed large mounds for ceremonial or burial purposes …   Wiktionary

  • mound-builder — noun another term for megapode …   English new terms dictionary

  • Mound-Builder — /ˈmaʊnd bɪldə/ (say mownd bilduh) noun a member of certain Native American peoples who, in prehistoric and early historic times, erected the burial mounds and other earthworks of the Mississippi drainage basin and south eastern states of America …   Australian English dictionary

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