Meaning of purple gallinule

pur'ple gal'linule

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  1. a purple, blue, green, and white gallinule, Porphyrula martinica, inhabiting warmer areas of the New World, having a bright red, yellow, and blue bill, and lemon-yellow legs and feet.
  2. any of several large, Old World gallinules of the genus Porphyrio.
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