from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A North American rail (Porzana carolina) having grayish-brown plumage and a short stout bill, commonly found in freshwater bogs or swamps.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A North American rail (Porzana carolina), common in the Eastern United States.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A North American rail (Porzana Carolina) common in the Eastern United States. Its back is golden brown, varied with black and white, the front of the head and throat black, the breast and sides of the head and neck slate-colored. Called also American rail, Carolina rail, Carolina crake, common rail, sora rail, soree, meadow chicken, and orto.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A crake; a small short-billed rail, of the subfamily Rallinæ and genus Porzana.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)