What does gallinule mean?

Definitions for gallinuleˈgæl əˌnul, -ˌnyul

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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


  1. gallinule(Noun)

    Several species of birds in the genera Porphyrio and Gallinula of the family Rallidae.

  2. Origin: From "Gallinula"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gallinule(noun)

    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)

  2. Origin: [L. gallinula chicken, dim. of gallina hen: cf. F. gallinule.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gallinule

    gal′i-nūl, n. a genus of aquatic birds closely allied to the coots, of which the common water-hen is a species. [L. gallinula, dim. of gallina, a hen.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallinule in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gallinule in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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