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 for Rallus elegans
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  King \King\, n. [AS. cyng, cyning; akin to OS. kuning, D.
     koning, OHG. kuning, G. k["o]nig, Icel. konungr, Sw. konung,
     Dan. konge; formed with a patronymic ending, and fr. the root
     of E. kin; cf. Icel. konr a man of noble birth. [root]44. See
     Kin.]
     1. A chief ruler; a sovereign; one invested with supreme
        authority over a nation, country, or tribe, usually by
        hereditary succession; a monarch; a prince. "Ay, every
        inch a king." --Shak.
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              Kings will be tyrants from policy, when subjects are
              rebels from principle.                --Burke.
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              There was a State without king or nobles. --R.
                                                    Choate.
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              But yonder comes the powerful King of Day,
              Rejoicing in the east                 --Thomson.
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     2. One who, or that which, holds a supreme position or rank;
        a chief among competitors; as, a railroad king; a money
        king; the king of the lobby; the king of beasts.
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     3. A playing card having the picture of a king[1]; as, the
        king of diamonds.
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     4. The chief piece in the game of chess.
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     5. A crowned man in the game of draughts.
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     6. pl. The title of two historical books in the Old
        Testament.
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     Note: King is often used adjectively, or in combination, to
           denote pre["e]minence or superiority in some
           particular; as, kingbird; king crow; king vulture.
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     Apostolic king. See Apostolic.
  
     King-at-arms, or King-of-arms, the chief heraldic officer
        of a country. In England the king-at-arms was formerly of
        great authority. His business is to direct the heralds,
        preside at their chapters, and have the jurisdiction of
        armory. There are three principal kings-at-arms, viz.,
        Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy. The latter (literally
        north roy or north king) officiates north of the Trent.
  
     King auk (Zool.), the little auk or sea dove.
  
     King bird of paradise. (Zool.), See Bird of paradise.
  
     King card, in whist, the best unplayed card of each suit;
        thus, if the ace and king of a suit have been played, the
        queen is the king card of the suit.
  
     King Cole, a legendary king of Britain, who is said to have
        reigned in the third century.
  
     King conch (Zool.), a large and handsome univalve shell
        ({Cassis cameo), found in the West Indies. It is used for
        making cameos. See Helmet shell, under Helmet.
  
     King Cotton, a popular personification of the great staple
        production of the southern United States.
  
     King crab. (Zool.)
        (a) The limulus or horseshoe crab. See Limulus.
        (b) The large European spider crab or thornback ({Maia
            squinado).
        (c) A large crab of the northern Pacific ({Paralithodes
            camtshatica), especially abundant on the coasts of
            Alaska and Japan, and popular as a food; called also
            Alaskan king crab.
  
     King crow. (Zool.)
        (a) A black drongo shrike ({Buchanga atra) of India; --
            so called because, while breeding, they attack and
            drive away hawks, crows, and other large birds.
        (b) The Dicrurus macrocercus of India, a crested bird
            with a long, forked tail. Its color is black, with
            green and blue reflections. Called also devil bird.
            
  
     King duck (Zool.), a large and handsome eider duck
        ({Somateria spectabilis), inhabiting the arctic regions
        of both continents.
  
     King+eagle+(Zool.),+an+eagle+({Aquila+heliaca">King eagle (Zool.), an eagle ({Aquila heliaca) found in
        Asia and Southeastern Europe. It is about as large as the
        golden eagle. Some writers believe it to be the imperial
        eagle of Rome.
  
     King+hake+(Zool.),+an+American+hake+({Phycis+regius">King hake (Zool.), an American hake ({Phycis regius),
        found in deep water along the Atlantic coast.
  
     King monkey (Zool.), an African monkey ({Colobus
        polycomus), inhabiting Sierra Leone.
  
     King mullet (Zool.), a West Indian red mullet ({Upeneus
        maculatus); -- so called on account of its great beauty.
        Called also goldfish.
  
     King of terrors, death.
  
     King parrakeet (Zool.), a handsome Australian parrakeet
        ({Platycercys scapulatus), often kept in a cage. Its
        prevailing color is bright red, with the back and wings
        bright green, the rump blue, and tail black.
  
     King penguin (Zool.), any large species of penguin of the
        genus Aptenodytes; esp., Aptenodytes longirostris, of
        the Falkland Islands and Kerguelen Land, and Aptenodytes
        Patagonica, of Patagonia.
  
     King rail (Zool.), a small American rail ({Rallus
        elegans), living in fresh-water marshes. The upper parts
        are fulvous brown, striped with black; the breast is deep
        cinnamon color.
  
     King salmon (Zool.), the quinnat. See Quinnat.
  
     King's counsel, or Queen's counsel (Eng. Law), barristers
        learned in the law, who have been called within the bar,
        and selected to be the king's or queen's counsel. They
        answer in some measure to the advocates of the revenue
        (advocati fisci) among the Romans. They can not be
        employed against the crown without special license.
        --Wharton's Law Dict.
  
     King's cushion, a temporary seat made by two persons
        crossing their hands. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
  
     The king's English, correct or current language of good
        speakers; pure English. --Shak.
  
     King's evidence or Queen's evidence, testimony in favor
        of the Crown by a witness who confesses his guilt as an
        accomplice. See under Evidence. [Eng.]
  
     King's evil, scrofula; -- so called because formerly
        supposed to be healed by the touch of a king.
  
     King snake (Zool.), a large, nearly black, harmless snake
        ({Ophiobolus getulus) of the Southern United States; --
        so called because it kills and eats other kinds of snakes,
        including even the rattlesnake.
  
     King's spear (Bot.), the white asphodel ({Asphodelus
        albus).
  
     King's yellow, a yellow pigment, consisting essentially of
        sulphide and oxide of arsenic; -- called also yellow
        orpiment.
  
     King tody (Zool.), a small fly-catching bird ({Eurylaimus
        serilophus) of tropical America. The head is adorned with
        a large, spreading, fan-shaped crest, which is bright red,
        edged with black.
  
     King vulture (Zool.), a large species of vulture
        ({Sarcorhamphus papa), ranging from Mexico to Paraguay,
        The general color is white. The wings and tail are black,
        and the naked carunculated head and the neck are
        briliantly colored with scarlet, yellow, orange, and blue.
        So called because it drives away other vultures while
        feeding.
  
     King wood, a wood from Brazil, called also violet wood,
        beautifully streaked in violet tints, used in turning and
        small cabinetwork. The tree is probably a species of
        Dalbergia. See Jacaranda.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Marsh \Marsh\, n. [OE. mersch, AS. mersc, fr. mere lake. See
     Mere pool, and cf. Marish, Morass.]
     A tract of soft wet land, commonly covered partially or
     wholly with water; a fen; a swamp; a morass. [Written also
     marish.]
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     Marsh+asphodel+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Nartheeium+ossifragum">Marsh asphodel (Bot.), a plant ({Nartheeium ossifragum)
        with linear equitant leaves, and a raceme of small white
        flowers; -- called also bog asphodel.
  
     Marsh+cinquefoil+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Potentilla+palustris">Marsh cinquefoil (Bot.), a plant ({Potentilla palustris)
        having purple flowers, and found growing in marshy places;
        marsh five-finger.
  
     Marsh elder. (Bot.)
     (a) The guelder-rose or cranberry tree ({Viburnum Opulus).
     (b) In the United States, a composite shrub growing in salt
         marshes ({Iva frutescens).
  
     Marsh five-finger. (Bot.) See Marsh cinquefoil (above).
        
  
     Marsh gas. (Chem.) See under Gas.
  
     Marsh+grass+(Bot.),+a+genus+({Spartina">Marsh grass (Bot.), a genus ({Spartina) of coarse grasses
        growing in marshes; -- called also cord grass. The tall
        Spartina cynosuroides is not good for hay unless cut
        very young. The low Spartina juncea is a common
        component of salt hay.
  
     Marsh harrier (Zool.), a European hawk or harrier ({Circus
        aeruginosus); -- called also marsh hawk, moor hawk,
        moor buzzard, puttock.
  
     Marsh hawk. (Zool.)
     (a) A hawk or harrier ({Circus cyaneus), native of both
         America and Europe. The adults are bluish slate above,
         with a white rump. Called also hen harrier, and mouse
         hawk.
     (b) The marsh harrier.
  
     Marsh hen (Zool.), a rail; esp., Rallus elegans of
        fresh-water marshes, and Rallus longirostris of
        salt-water marshes.
  
     Marsh mallow (Bot.), a plant of the genus Althaea (
        Althaea officinalis) common in marshes near the
        seashore, and whose root is much used in medicine as a
        demulcent.
  
     Marsh marigold. (Bot.) See in the Vocabulary.
  
     Marsh pennywort (Bot.), any plant of the umbelliferous
        genus Hydrocotyle; low herbs with roundish leaves,
        growing in wet places; -- called also water pennywort.
        
  
     Marsh quail (Zool.), the meadow lark.
  
     Marsh rosemary (Bot.), a plant of the genus Statice
        ({Statice Limonium), common in salt marshes. Its root is
        powerfully astringent, and is sometimes used in medicine.
        Called also sea lavender.
  
     Marsh+samphire+(Bot.),+a+plant+({Salicornia+herbacea">Marsh samphire (Bot.), a plant ({Salicornia herbacea)
        found along seacoasts. See Glasswort.
  
     Marsh St. John's-wort (Bot.), an American herb ({Elodes
        Virginica) with small opposite leaves and flesh-colored
        flowers.
  
     Marsh tea. (Bot.). Same as Labrador tea.
  
     Marsh trefoil. (Bot.) Same as Buckbean.
  
     Marsh wren (Zool.), any species of small American wrens of
        the genus Cistothorus, and allied genera. They chiefly
        inhabit salt marshes.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Rail \Rail\, n. [F. r[^a]le, fr. r[^a]ler to have a rattling in
     the throat; of German origin, and akin to E. rattle. See
     Rattle, v.] (Zool.)
     Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds of the family
     Rallidae, especially those of the genus Rallus, and of
     closely allied genera. They are prized as game birds.
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     Note: The common European water rail ({Rallus aquaticus) is
           called also bilcock, skitty coot, and brook
           runner. The best known American species are the
           clapper rail, or salt-marsh hen ({Rallus longirostris,
           var. crepitans); the king, or red-breasted, rail
           ({Rallus elegans) (called also fresh-water
           marshhen); the lesser clapper, or Virginia, rail
           ({Rallus Virginianus); and the Carolina, or sora, rail
           ({Porzana Carolina). See Sora.
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     Land rail (Zool.), the corncrake.
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