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roadrunner

[rohd-ruhn-er] /ˈroʊdˌrʌn ər/
noun
1.
either of two large terrestrial cuckoos of the genus Geococcyx of arid regions of the western U.S., Mexico, and Central America, especially G. californianus (greater roadrunner)
Also called chaparral cock.
Origin
1855-1860
1855-60, Americanism; road + runner
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Examples from the web for roadrunner
  • Detritivores such as termites eat the roadrunner after it dies.
  • Bacteria and fungi help decompose the remaining bones of the roadrunner.
  • These prey have a high percentage of body moisture which satisfies the roadrunner's need for water.
British Dictionary definitions for roadrunner

roadrunner

/ˈrəʊdˌrʌnə/
noun
1.
a terrestrial crested bird, Geococcyx californianus, of Central and S North America, having a streaked plumage and long tail: family Cuculidae (cuckoos) Also called chaparral cock
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