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 for ((Scythrops Nov[ae]hollandi[ae]
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rain \Rain\ (r[=a]n), n. [OE. rein, AS. regen; akin to OFries.
     rein, D. & G. regen, OS. & OHG. regan, Icel., Dan., & Sw.
     regn, Goth. rign, and prob. to L. rigare to water, to wet;
     cf. Gr. bre`chein to wet, to rain.]
     Water falling in drops from the clouds; the descent of water
     from the clouds in drops.
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           Rain is water by the heat of the sun divided into very
           small parts ascending in the air, till, encountering
           the cold, it be condensed into clouds, and descends in
           drops.                                   --Ray.
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           Fair days have oft contracted wind and rain. --Milton.
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     Note: Rain is distinguished from mist by the size of the
           drops, which are distinctly visible. When water falls
           in very small drops or particles, it is called mist;
           and fog is composed of particles so fine as to be not
           only individually indistinguishable, but to float or be
           suspended in the air. See Fog, and Mist.
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     Rain band (Meteorol.), a dark band in the yellow portion of
        the solar spectrum near the sodium line, caused by the
        presence of watery vapor in the atmosphere, and hence
        sometimes used in weather predictions.
     Rain bird (Zool.), the yaffle, or green woodpecker. [Prov.
        Eng.] The name is also applied to various other birds, as
        to Saurothera vetula of the West Indies.
     Rain fowl (Zool.), the channel-bill cuckoo ({Scythrops
        Novae-Hollandiae) of Australia.
     Rain gauge, an instrument of various forms for measuring
        the quantity of rain that falls at any given place in a
        given time; a pluviometer; an ombrometer.
     Rain goose (Zool.), the red-throated diver, or loon. [Prov.
     Rain prints (Geol.), markings on the surfaces of stratified
        rocks, presenting an appearance similar to those made by
        rain on mud and sand, and believed to have been so
     Rain quail. (Zool.) See Quail, n., 1.
     Rain water, water that has fallen from the clouds in rain.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Channel \Chan"nel\ (ch[a^]n"n[e^]l), n. [OE. chanel, canel, OF.
     chanel, F. chenel, fr. L. canalis. See Canal.]
     1. The hollow bed where a stream of water runs or may run.
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     2. The deeper part of a river, harbor, strait, etc., where
        the main current flows, or which affords the best and
        safest passage for vessels.
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     3. (Geog.) A strait, or narrow sea, between two portions of
        lands; as, the British Channel.
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     4. That through which anything passes; a means of passing,
        conveying, or transmitting; as, the news was conveyed to
        us by different channels.
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              The veins are converging channels.    --Dalton.
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              At best, he is but a channel to convey to the
              National assembly such matter as may import that
              body to know.                         --Burke.
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     5. A gutter; a groove, as in a fluted column.
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     6. pl. [Cf. Chain wales.] (Naut.) Flat ledges of heavy
        plank bolted edgewise to the outside of a vessel, to
        increase the spread of the shrouds and carry them clear of
        the bulwarks.
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     7. pl. official routes of communication, especially the
        official means by which information should be transmitted
        in a bureaucracy; as, to submit a request through
        channels; you have to go through channels.
     8. a band of electromagnetic wave frequencies that is used
        for one-way or two-way radio communication; especially,
        the frequency bands assigned by the FTC for use in
        television broadcasting, and designated by a specific
        number; as, channel 2 in New York is owned by CBS.
     9. one of the signals in an electronic device which receives
        or sends more than one signal simultaneously, as in
        stereophonic radios, records, or CD players, or in
        measuring equipment which gathers multiple measurements
     10. (Cell biology) an opening in a cell membrane which serves
         to actively transport or allow passive transport of
         substances across the membrane; as, an ion channel in a
         nerve cell.
     11. (Computers) a path for transmission of signals between
         devices within a computer or between a computer and an
         external device; as, a DMA channel.
     Channel bar, Channel iron (Arch.), an iron bar or beam
        having a section resembling a flat gutter or channel.
     Channel bill (Zool.), a very large Australian cuckoo
        ({Scythrops Nov[ae]hollandi[ae].
     Channel goose. (Zool.) See Gannet.
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