megapode definition

  • noun:
    • Any of various large-footed, ground-dwelling birds for the family Megapodiidae, found in Australian Continent and many Southern Pacific countries, that build mounds or burrows of earth and compost for which to incubate their eggs. Also referred to as moundbird, mound builder, scrub fowl.
    • some of a few chicken- or turkey-like wild birds in family Megapodiidae, which incubate their eggs by burying them in which they obtain warmth from rotting plant life, solar radiation or geothermal temperature.
    • Any one of several types of large-footed, gallinaceous wild birds of this genera Megapodius and Leipoa, inhabiting Australian Continent also Pacific countries. Known as also mound-builder, scrub fowl, moundbird, and brush turkey. See Jungle fowl (b) under forest, and leipoa.
    • just like megapod.
    • large-footed short-winged wild birds of Australasia; develop piles of decaying vegetation to incubate eggs
  • adjective:
    • Characteristic associated with the Megapodiidae

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