Definition of porphyrio in English:


Pronunciation /pɔːˈfɪrɪəʊ/


  • †An aquatic bird referred to by classical authors; the bird with which this is usually identified, the purple gallinule, Porphyrio porphyrio (obsolete). Now only (in form Porphyrio): the genus of the family Rallidae that includes this bird.


Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (later version). From classical Latin porphyriōn-, porphyriō a kind of waterfowl, probably the purple gallinule (Pliny) from ancient Greek πορϕυρίων from πορϕύρα purple, so called on account of its red beak and feet.