Definitions for gallinuleˈgæl əˌnul, -ˌnyul
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
gal•li•nuleˈgæl əˌnul, -ˌnyul(n.)
any of several typically brightly colored aquatic rails of the genera Porphyrio, Porphyrula, and Gallinula, having elongated, webless toes.
Origin of gallinule:
1770–80; < NL Gallinula a genus name, LL gallīnula chicken = L gallīn(a) hen +-ula -ule
gallinule, marsh hen, water hen, swamphen(noun)
any of various small aquatic birds of the genus Gallinula distinguished from rails by a frontal shield and a resemblance to domestic hens
Several species of birds in the genera Porphyrio and Gallinula of the family Rallidae.
Origin: From "Gallinula"
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)