Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In Cuvier's system of classification, a family of Grallæ or wading birds, including the snipes and their allies, together with the ibises, ranged here on account of their superficial resemblance to curlews. With this exception, the group corresponds to the natural division of birds now called the snipe family, Scolopacidæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A group of birds characterized by having long slender bills, as the sandpipers, curlews, and ibises. It is now regarded as an artificial division.
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