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megapode

[meg-uh-pohd] /ˈmɛg əˌpoʊd/
noun
1.
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.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60; < Neo-Latin Megapodius genus name. See mega-, -pod
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British Dictionary definitions for megapode

megapode

/ˈmɛɡəˌpəʊd/
noun
1.
any ground-living gallinaceous bird of the family Megapodiidae, of Australia, New Guinea, and adjacent islands. Their eggs incubate in mounds of sand, rotting vegetation, etc, by natural heat Also called mound-builder See also brush turkey, mallee fowl
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Encyclopedia Article for megapode

(family Megapodiidae), any of 12 species of Australasian chickenlike birds (order Galliformes) that bury their eggs to hatch them. Most species rely on fermenting plant matter to produce heat for incubation, but some use solar heat and others the heat produced by volcanic action

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