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

  • scrub fowl — 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

  • scrub fowl — megapode. [1940 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • scrub turkey — noun : megapode; especially : brush turkey * * * scrub turkey or scrub fowl noun A type of ground living bird of the Australian scrub, a mound builder • • • Main Entry: ↑scrub …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrub hen — noun see scrub fowl * * * scrub hen, the Australian mound builder or megapode, which lives in the thick underbrush or scrub …   Useful english dictionary

  • mallee fowl — noun Australian mound bird; incubates eggs naturally in sandy mounds • Syn: ↑leipoa, ↑lowan, ↑Leipoa ocellata • Hypernyms: ↑megapode, ↑mound bird, ↑mound bird, ↑mound builder, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • scrubfowl — scrub fowl n. See megapode. * * * …   Universalium

  • megapode — /meg euh pohd /, n. any of several large footed, short winged gallinaceous Australasian birds of the family Megapodiidae, typically building a compostlike mound of decaying vegetation as an incubator for their eggs. Also called brush turkey,… …   Universalium

  • brush turkey — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • megapode — 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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