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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Gallinule \Gal"li*nule\, n. [L. gallinula chicken, dim. of
     gallina hen: cf. F. gallinule.] (Zool.)
     One of several wading birds, having long, webless toes, and a
     frontal shield, belonging to the family {Rallidae}. They are
     remarkable for running rapidly over marshes and on floating
     plants. The purple gallinule of America is {Ionornis

     Martinica}, that of the Old World is {Porphyrio porphyrio}.
     The common European gallinule ({Gallinula chloropus}) is also
     called {moor hen}, {water hen}, {water rail}, {moor coot},
     {night bird}, and erroneously {dabchick}. Closely related to
     it is the Florida gallinule ({Gallinula galeata}).
     [1913 Webster]
     Note: The purple gallinule of Southern Europe and Asia was
           formerly believed to be able to detect and report
           adultery, and for that reason, chiefly, it was commonly
           domesticated by the ancients.
           [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Dabchick \Dab"chick`\ (d[a^]b"ch[i^]k`), n. [For dabchick. See
     {Dap}, {Dip}, cf. {Dipchick}.] (Zool.)
     A small water bird ({Podilymbus podiceps}), allied to the
     grebes, remarkable for its quickness in diving; -- called
     also {dapchick}, {dobchick}, {dipchick}, {didapper},
     {dobber}, {devil-diver}, {hell-diver}, and {pied-billed
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       n : small European grebe [syn: {little grebe}, {Podiceps

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