• WordNet 3.6
    • n megapode large-footed short-winged birds of Australasia; build mounds of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Megapode mĕg"ȧ*pōd (Zoöl) 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 under Jungle, and Leipoa.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n megapode Same as megapod.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Mega-, + Gr. poy`s podo`s, foot


In literature:

Now the megapode of the Solomons is a distant cousin to the brush turkey of Australia.
"Jerry of the Islands" by Jack London
The birds were a species of megapode, which are found chiefly in Australia and Borneo and the intermediate islands.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
Pigeons were common, but megapodes scarce, and the only one obtained was caught in a trap.
"In the Andamans and Nicobars" by C. Boden Kloss
As it is with many tens of thousands of our own little chickens, these days, the baby megapodes are born orphans.
"The Adventures of a Grain of Dust" by Hallam Hawksworth
MALL'EE-BIRD, MALL'EE-HEN, an Australian mound-bird or megapode.
"Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 2 of 4: E-M)" by Various