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gallinule

[gal-uh-nool, -nyool] /ˈgæl əˌnul, -ˌnyul/
noun
1.
any aquatic bird of the family Rallidae, having elongated, webless toes.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; < Neo-Latin Gallinula a genus name, Late Latin gallīnula chicken, equivalent to Latin gallīn(a) hen + -ula -ule
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gallinule

/ˈɡælɪˌnjuːl/
noun
1.
any of various aquatic birds of the genera Porphyrio and Porphyrula, typically having a dark plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
2.
common gallinule, the US name for moorhen (sense 1)
Word Origin
C18: from New Latin Gallīnula genus name, from Late Latin: pullet, chicken, from Latin gallīna hen
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