• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Landrail the crake or corncrake, so named from its cry
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. land; Dut., Ger. land.


In literature:

As we went, we heard the continually renewed larum of a landrail in the long grass.
"Phantastes" by George MacDonald
And at once, as though in answer to his call, a landrail called on the opposite bank.
"The Witch and Other Stories" by Anton Chekhov
Then landrails or corncrakes, and last, but not least, an occasional quail, are usually included in the bag.
"A Cotswold Village" by J. Arthur Gibbs
Landrail and other birds were numerous.
"Narrative Of The Voyage Of H.M.S. Rattlesnake, Commanded By The Late Captain Owen Stanley, R.N., F.R.S. Etc. During The Years 1846-1850. Including Discoveries And Surveys In New Guinea, The Louisiade Archipelago, Etc. To Which Is Added The Account Of Mr. E.B. Kennedy's Expedition For The Exploration Of The Cape York Peninsula. By John Macgillivray, F.R.G.S. Naturalist To The Expedition. In Two Volumes. Volume 1." by John MacGillivray
There are few quails, because they more affect open fields than enclosures; after harvest some few landrails are seen.
"The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1" by Gilbert White
The landrail is an excellent table bird.
"Birds in the Calendar" by Frederick G. Aflalo
Ditto, with the delicate landrail.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
Corn-Crake (Landrail); f., young sim.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
The voices of the quails and landrails lulled her to sleep.
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Underneath some telegraph wires, picked up a Landrail in excellent condition.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion