American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See anhinga.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A totipalmate natatorial bird of the family Plotidæ and genus Plotus: so called from the long, slender, snaky neck; a snake-neck; an anhinga or water-turkey; a darter. See cut under anhinga.
- n. The wryneck, Iynx torquilla: so named from the serpentine movement of the neck. See cut under wryneck.
- n. Any long-necked waterbird in the family Anhingidae
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus Anhinga or Plotus. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills.
- n. (Zoöl.) The wryneck.
- n. fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill
- snake + bird, from its snake-like neck. (Wiktionary)
“Its long neck resembles a snake ready to strike when the Anhinga - also called a snakebird - is swimming.”
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