Definition of Megapode

1. Noun. Large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs.




Definition of Megapode

1. n. Any one of several species of large-footed, gallinaceous birds of the genera Megapodius and Leipoa, inhabiting Australia and other Pacific islands. See Jungle fowl (b) under Jungle, and Leipoa.

Definition of Megapode

1. Noun. Any of several chicken- or turkey-like birds in the family ''Megapodiidae'', which incubate their eggs by burying them where they receive warmth from decaying vegetation, solar radiation or geothermal heat. ¹

2. Adjective. Characteristic of the Megapodiidae ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Megapode

1. a large-footed bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Megapode

1. Any one of several species of large-footed, gallinaceous birds of the genera Megapodius and Leipoa, inhabiting Australia and other Pacific islands. See Jungle fowl under Jungle, and Leipoa. Origin: Mega- + Gr. Poys, podos, foot. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Megapode

megaphonist
megaphonists
megaphyll
megaphyllous
megaphylls
megaphyte
megaphytes
megaphyton
megapixel
megapixels
megaplan
megaplans
megaplex
megaplexes
megapod
megapode (current term)
megapodes
megapods
megapoleis
megapolis
megapolises
megapolitan
megapolitans
megapopular
megaportal
megaportals
megaprimaries
megaprimary
megaprimer
megaprimers

Literary usage of Megapode

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1. In the Andamans and Nicobars: The Narrative of a Cruise in the Schooner by Cecil Boden Kloss (1903)
"... Birds — megapodes — A Swamp — Crocodile — megapode Mound—Wreck and Death of Captain Owen, 1708—We leave ..."

2. Proceedings by Zoological Society of London (1869)
"The megapode that lays this egg builds its mound on the mountains near the sulphur- springs. The natives told me that the mound is large, or, ..."

3. List of the Specimens of Birds in the Collection of the British Museum by George Robert Gray (1848)
"Gould's megapode. Megapodius Gouldii, GR Gray, Proc. ZS 18*51, p. 290. ... The Mound-raising megapode. Megapodius tumulus, Gould, Proc. ZS 1842, p.; id. ..."

4. Jottings During the Cruise of H. M. S. Curac̜oa Among the South Sea Islands by Julius Lucius Brenchley, Curaçoa (Steam frigate) (1873)
"The neighbouring group of islands, the New Hebrides, is also the abode of a species of megapode; and we are told by Capt. M'Leod that they are found ..."

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