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 (găl′ə-no͞ol′, -nyo͞ol′)
Any of various waterbirds of the family Rallidae, frequenting swampy regions and characteristically having dark iridescent plumage and a colorful area where the bill extends onto the forehead.

[Latin gallīnula, pullet, diminutive of gallīna, hen; see gallinaceous.]
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1. (Animals) any of various aquatic birds of the genera Porphyrio and Porphyrula, typically having a dark plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
2. (Animals) common gallinule the US name for moorhen1
[C18: from New Latin Gallīnula genus name, from Late Latin: pullet, chicken, from Latin gallīna hen]
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(ˈgæl əˌnul, -ˌnyul)

any of several typically brightly colored aquatic rails of the genera Porphyrio, Porphyrula, and Gallinula, having elongated, webless toes.
[1770–80; < New Latin Gallinula a genus name, Late Latin gallīnula chicken = Latin gallīn(a) hen + -ula -ule]
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Noun1.gallinule - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hensgallinule - any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
aquatic bird - wading and swimming and diving birds of either fresh or salt water
Florida gallinule, Gallinula chloropus cachinnans - North American dark bluish-grey gallinule
Gallinula chloropus, moorhen - black gallinule that inhabits ponds and lakes
purple gallinule - gallinules with showy purplish plumage
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She dances madly/on thoughts of gallinule.//Beyond the sawgrass a boy leans/against the wind as his kite climbs://if the golden twine is long enough/perhaps he can tangle a gull.//Perhaps he'll snare the arcing jest.
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