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 over marshes and on floating plants. The purple gallinule of America is {Ionornis Martinica}, that of the Old World is {Porphyrio porphyrio}. The common European gallinule ({Gallinula chloropus}) is also called {moor hen}, {water hen}, {water rail}, {moor coot}, {night bird}, and erroneously {dabchick}. Closely related to it is the Florida gallinule ({Gallinula galeata}). [1913 Webster]

Note: The purple gallinule of Southern Europe and Asia was formerly believed to be able to detect and report adultery, and for that reason, chiefly, it was commonly domesticated by the ancients. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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

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  • gallinule — 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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

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