from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various marsh birds of the family Rallidae, which includes the gallinules, coots, and rails.

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  • noun any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
  • noun a coot found in North America


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