noun Etymology: New Latin Gallinula, genus of birds, from Latin, pullet, diminutive of gallina Date: 1776 any of several aquatic birds of the rail family with long thin feet and a platelike frontal area on the head: as a. moorhen b. one (Porphyrula martinica) found from the southern United States to Argentina that is purplish blue with olive-green upperparts, a red and yellow bill, and a light blue frontal area

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  • Gallinule — Gal li*nule, n. [L. gallinula chicken, dim. of gallina hen: cf. F. gallinule.] (Zo[ o]l.) One of several wading birds, having long, webless toes, and a frontal shield, belonging to the family {Rallidae}. They are remarkable for running rapidly… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gallinule — [gal′i no͞ol΄, gal′inyo͞ol΄] n. [ModL < L gallinula, pullet, dim. of gallina: see GALLINACEOUS] any of various gruiform marsh birds (family Rallidae) that both swim and wade; esp., the moorhen …   English World dictionary

  • Gallinule — Nom vernaculaire ou nom normalisé ambigu : Le terme «  Gallinule  » s applique en français à plusieurs taxons distincts. Gallinule …   Wikipédia en Français

  • gallinule — /gal euh noohl , nyoohl /, n. any aquatic bird of the family Rallidae, having elongated, webless toes. [1770 80; < NL Gallinula a genus name, LL gallinula chicken, equiv. to L gallin(a) hen + ula ULE] * * * Any of several species of marsh birds… …   Universalium

  • gallinule — 1. poule [ pul ] n. f. • v. 1340; h. XIIIe; lat. pulla, fém. de pullus « petit d un animal »; cf. a. fr. poul n. m. « coq » I ♦ 1 ♦ Femelle du coq, oiseau de basse cour (gallinacés), à ailes courtes et arrondies, à queue courte, à petite crête… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • gallinule — [ galɪnju:l] noun 1》 a marshbird of the rail family, with mainly black or dark plumage and a red bill. [Porphyrula martinica (purple gallinule, N. America) and other species.] 2》 (common gallinule) North American term for moorhen. Origin C18:… …   English new terms dictionary

  • gallinule — pelkinės vištelės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Gallinula angl. moorhen vok. Teichhuhn, n rus. болотная курица, f; камышница, f pranc. gallinule, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – vandeninės vištos siauresnis terminas –… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • gallinule — noun /ˈɡælɪnjuːl/lang=en Several species of birds in the genera Porphyrio and Gallinula of the family Rallidae. Syn: swamphen …   Wiktionary

  • gallinule — n. type of water bird …   English contemporary dictionary

  • gallinule — n. Water hen, moor hen, spotted crake (Crex porzana) …   New dictionary of synonyms

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