gruiformes definition

  • noun:
    • An order of inland marsh-dwelling birds with long feet and necks and expenses that wade in water in search of food, including cranes, rails, and bustards.
    • inland marsh-dwelling birds with long feet and necks and expenses that wade in liquid looking for meals: cranes; rails; bustards
  • others:
    • A superfamily or suborder of Alectorides, containing the gruiform as distinguished from the ralliform wild birds, or even the schizognathous, schizorhinal, præcocial, grallatorial birds: corresponding to the Geranomorphæ in a strict sense, and contrasted with Ralliformes.

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  • Hypernym for "gruiformes"
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