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land rail

Origin of land rail
1760-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • In general appearance they resembled the land-rail, but were larger, and quite as heavy on the wing.

  • The water-rail, and corncrake or land-rail, are also allied to the Gallinules.

    Bible Animals; J. G. Wood
  • Not a sound broke the silence except the rough cry of the land-rail from the fields and the clatter of Missy's feet.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • The wings are made of land-rail wing, and a little brown mallard, mixed nicely together.

  • Buffon, however, takes it with the land-rail; Gould and Yarrell put it between the little crake and water-hen.

    Love's Meinie John Ruskin
  • Through the quiet air came the far-off rush of water, and the near cry of the land-rail.

British Dictionary definitions for land-rail

land rail

another name for corncrake
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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