brush turkey


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Megapode \Meg"a*pode\ (m[e^]g"[.a]*p[=o]d), n. [Mega- + Gr.
   poy`s, podo`s, foot.] (Zool.)
   Any one of several species of large-footed, gallinaceous
   birds of the genera Megapodius and Leipoa, inhabiting
   Australia and other Pacific islands. Called also {mound
   builder}, scrub fowl, moundbird, and brush turkey. See
   Jungle fowl
   (b) under Jungle, and Leipoa.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

moundbird \moundbird\, mound bird \mound bird\n. (Zool.)
   Any of several large-footed short-winged birds of
   Australasia, which build mounds of decaying vegetation to
   incubate eggs. Called also mound builder, mound maker,
   megapode, brush turkey, and scrub fowl.

   Syn: megapode, mound builder, scrub fowl, brush turkey.
        [WordNet 1.5]
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Brush turkey \Brush" tur`key\ (Zool.)
   A large, edible, gregarious bird of Australia ({Talegalla
   Lathami}) of the family Megapodid[ae]. Also applied to
   several allied species of New Guinea.
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   Note: The brush turkeys live in the "brush," and construct a
         common nest by collecting a large heap of decaying
         vegetable matter, which generates heat sufficient to
         hatch the numerous eggs (sometimes half a bushel)
         deposited in it by the females of the flock.
         [1913 Webster]
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