Definition of maleo in English:


(also maleo fowl)

nounPlural maleos

  • A megapode native to Sulawesi, with black upper parts and white underparts.

    Macrocephalon maleo, family Megapodiidae

    • ‘Maleos incubate their eggs by burying them.’
    • ‘The two areas are home to numerous endangered species, including the maleo fowl.’
    • ‘The distribution of maleo nesting-grounds is now fairly well known in North Sulawesi.’
    • ‘We could see the maleo tracks in the hard sand, and the areas where they had laid their eggs.’


Mid 19th century: from the Moluccan dialect of Malay.