Definition of water crake in US English:

water crake

noun

rare
  • 1The European dipper, Cinclus cinclus (now historical).

  • 2A rail that lives in wet places; especially one of the genus Porzana, as the spotted crake, P. porzana, or Baillon's crake, P. pusilla.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Willughby (1635–1672), naturalist.