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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gallinule  \Gal"li*nule\,  n.  [L.  gallinula  chicken,  dim.  of 
  gallina  hen:  cf  F.  gallinule.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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}). 
 
  Note:  The  purple  gallinule  of  Southern  Europe  and  Asia  was 
  formerly  believed  to  be  able  to  detect  and  report 
  adultery,  and  for  that  reason,  chiefly,  it  was  commonly 
  domesticated  by  the  ancients. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dabchick  \Dab"chick`\,  n.  [For  dabchick.  See  {Dap},  {Dip},  cf 
  {Dipchick}.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  small  water  bird  ({Podilymbus  podiceps}),  allied  to  the 
  grebes,  remarkable  for  its  quickness  in  diving;  --  called 
  also  {dapchick},  {dobchick},  {dipchick},  {didapper}, 
  {dobber},  {devil-diver},  {hell-diver},  and  {pied-billed 
  grebe}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dabchick 
  n  :  small  European  grebe  [syn:  {little  grebe},  {Podiceps 
  ruficollis}] 




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