megapode

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See also: mégapode

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Etymology[edit]

From mega- +‎ -pode, after scientific Latin Megapodius (genus name).

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megapode (plural megapodes)

  1. 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. [from 19th c.]
    • 2017, Hanneke Meijer, The Guardian, 28 June:
      In precocial species, such as megapodes, the young hatch with their eyes open and are ready to leave the nest within a short period of time.

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Adjective[edit]

megapode (comparative more megapode, superlative most megapode)

  1. Characteristic of the Megapodiidae.

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mega- +‎ -pode

Noun[edit]

megapode m (plural megapodi)

  1. megapod, megapode

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