any of a family (Megapodiidae) of large-footed, ground-dwelling gallinaceous birds of Australia and the East Indies that bury their eggs, often in mounds they have built of earth and vegetation
Origin of megapodesee megapod
Any of various large-footed, ground-dwelling birds of the family Megapodiidae, found in Australia, Southeast Asia, and the South Pacific islands, that build mounds or burrows of earth and compost in which to incubate their eggs. Also called mound builder .
Origin of megapodeFrom Megapodius type genus mega- New Latin -podius masculine of -podium -pod
(comparative more megapode, superlative most megapode)
- Characteristic of the Megapodiidae