Virginia rail

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Virginia rail

n.
A small reddish-brown North American rail (Rallus limicola) found in freshwater marshes and having a long, slender bill.

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n.
a small, long-billed North American rail, Rallus limicola, having blackish and reddish brown plumage.
[1775–85]
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