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.
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.
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Origin of megapode
- From Megapodius type genus mega– New Latin -podius masculine of -podium -pod
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition