American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several long-legged shore birds of the genus Recurvirostra, characterized by a long, slender, upturned beak.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See avoset.
- n. Any of four species of wading birds in the genus Recurvirostra, of the family Recurvirostridae, with long, slender recurved bills, long legs, and webbed feet.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A grallatorial bird, of the genus Recurvirostra; the scooper. The bill is long and bend upward toward the tip. The American species is Recurvirostra Americana.
- n. long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving bill
- From French avocette, from Italian avosetta. (Wiktionary)
- French avocette, from Italian avocetta. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Other waterbirds found on Lake Eyasi include yellowbilled stork Mycteria ibis, African spoonbill Platalea alba, avocet Recurvirostra avosetta and greyheaded gull Larus cirrocephalus.”
“Specifically the Exe Estuary Special Protected Area (SPA) and Ramsar Site supports over 20,000 wildfowl in the winter months, including the internationally important populations of avocet Recurvirostra avosetta, dark-bellied brent goose Branta bernicla bernicla and the slavonian grebe, Podiceps auritus.”
“Avian species such as the blacknecked stilt, black tern, American avocet and black skimmer are relative newcomers to the area.”
“Among the most abundant shorebirds in the slough are the western sandpiper, least sandpiper, marbled godwit, dowitchers, willet, American avocet, black-bellied plover, sanderling and long-billed curlew.”
“A pale avocet, walking the shoreline, coming in from the left.”
“Then they headed homeward along the Platte, where Jim showed Canby the marshes in which the avocet hid, and the Texan said he'd never seen such a bird and did Jim want one to stuff.”
“Once, with the fingers of his right hand, Potato made dancing little movements, mimicking the avocet, and Jim suspected that he was wishing he could move about as easily as this bird.”
“Shorebirds are fond of other insect pests of forage and grain crops, including the army worm, which is known to be eaten by the killdeer and spotted sandpiper; also cutworms, among whose enemies are the avocet, woodcock, pectoral and Baird sandpipers, upland plover, and killdeer.”
“Yellowlegs, yelper, willet, marlin, dough bird, stilt, and avocet are often common, but they do not begin to be as plentiful as they are in the more fertile lands to the eastward, and the ranchmen never shoot at them or follow them as game birds.”
“The avocet became the emblem of the RSPB and symbolises the bird protection movement in the”
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