American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An Old World wading bird (Limnocryptes minima) having brownish plumage and a long bill.
- n. Any of several similar New World wading birds.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The lesser snipe or half-snipe, Scolopax or Gallinago gallinula. Also called judcock, juddock.
- n. The common American snipe, Gallinago wilsoni.
- n. The pectoral sandpiper, Tringa maculata.
- n. The dunlin or purre, Tringa alpina.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) See in the Vocabulary.
- n. A small European snipe (Limnocryptes gallinula); -- called also
judcock, jedcock, juddock, jed, and half snipe.
- n. A small American sandpiper (Tringa maculata); -- called also
pectoral sandpiper, and grass snipe.
- n. See Jacksnipe.
- n. a small short-billed Old World snipe
- n. American sandpiper that inflates its chest when courting
- jack + snipe (Wiktionary)
“That gun accounted for many squirrels, coons, rabbits, doves, quail and jacksnipe the first few years of my hunting career.”
“My best stretch back then was 17 jacksnipe with 25 shells.”
“BTW If you think doves are hard try hunting jacksnipe around a marsh.”
“The decline of the jacksnipe in southern Wisconsin.”
“When you are through work it is nearly dark and you can ride out on the boulevard by the sea and throw clay targets with a hand trap against this gale and they will dip and jump and rise into strange angles like a jacksnipe in the wind.”
“How the jacksnipe rose with a jump and you hit him on the second swerve and had to wade out into a slough after him and brought him in wet, holding him by the bill, as proud as a bird dog, and you can remember all the snipe since in many places.”
“In the swamp I found snipe, _Scolopax Wilsonii_: they call them here jacksnipe.”
“The grebes glided about with new feather-collars around their necks; and the jacksnipe were gathering straws for their nests.”
“Of course there's the fun of it -- the 'pats,' the quail, the jacksnipe, the 'cock.”
“Like a jacksnipe fetches his mate out o' the grass, 'she said.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘jacksnipe’.
birds with singular names from
at least 9 English dictionaries
Bizarre stuff found there. Note that archaic terms are occasionally not spelled the way we spell them today; in these cases I've tried to link to the modernized spelling (where known) on the word p...
A list of birders' "shorthand" names, traditional nicknames, non-English names, and obsolete names for feathered creatures worldwide.
Interesting blog entry here on naming U.S. birds.
Looking for tweets for jacksnipe.