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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Rail  \Rail\,  n.  [F.  r[^a]le,  fr  r[^a]ler  to  have  a  rattling  in 
  the  throat;  of  German  origin,  and  akin  to  E.  rattle.  See 
  {Rattle},  v.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  one  of  numerous  species  of  limicoline  birds  of  the  family 
  {Rallid[ae]},  especially  those  of  the  genus  {Rallus},  and  of 
  closely  allied  genera.  They  are  prized  as  game  birds. 
 
  Note:  The  common  European  water  rail  ({Rallus  aquaticus})  is 
  called  also  {bilcock},  {skitty  coot},  and  {brook 
  runner}.  The  best  known  American  species  are  the 
  clapper  rail,  or  salt-marsh  hen  ({Rallus  lonqirostris}, 
  var.  {crepitans});  the  king,  or  red-breasted,  rail  ({R. 
  elegans})  (called  also  {fresh-water  marshhen});  the 
  lesser  clapper,  or  Virginia,  rail  ({R.  Virginianus}); 
  and  the  Carolina,  or  sora,  rail  ({Porzana  Carolina}). 
  See  {Sora}. 
 
  {Land  rail}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  corncrake. 




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