American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various large wading birds of the family Ciconiidae, chiefly of the Eastern Hemisphere, having long legs and a long straight bill.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large altricial grallatorial bird, of the family Ciconiidæ and especially of the subfamily Ciconiinæ (which see for technical characters). The stork is related to the herons, spoonbills, and ibises, but not very closely to the cranes. There are several species, found in nearly all temperate and tropical regions. They are tall and stately birds, equaling the cranes and larger herons in stature, but are readily distinguished by many technical characters. Storks are wading birds, frequenting the vicinity of water; but some of them become semi-domesticated, and often nest on buildings. Their fidelity and amiability are traditional. They feed chiefly on reptiles (as snakes and lizards), amphibians (as frogs), fishes, mollusks, and worms, but also sometimes capture small quadrupeds and birds. The best-known species is the common white stork of Europe, Ciconiaalba; when adult, it is pure-white with black-tipped wings and reddish bill and feet; it is about 3½ feet long, and stands 4 feet high. The black stork of the same country is C. nigra, a rarer species. Various birds of different countries, technically storks, are known by other names, as adjutant, marabou, maguari, jabiru, shell-ibis, and wood-ibis. See these words, and cuts under adjutant-bird, Ciconiidæ, Grallæ, jabiru, openbill, Pelargomorphæ, simbil, and Tantalus.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of several species of large wading birds of the family
Ciconidæ, having long legs and a long, pointed bill. They are found both in the Old World and in America, and belong to Ciconia and several allied genera. The European white stork (Ciconia alba) is the best known. It commonly makes its nests on the top of a building, a chimney, a church spire, or a pillar. The black stork (C. nigra) is native of Asia, Africa, and Europe.
- n. large mostly Old World wading birds typically having white-and-black plumage
- From Middle English stork, from Old English storc, from Proto-Germanic *sturkaz, from Proto-Indo-European *str̥gos, probably an extension of *ster- (“stiff”) (from its movements). Near cognates include German Storch and Icelandic storkur, Albanian shturë ("starling"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English storc. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In Denmark, however, the stork is not a welcome guest and so this would be considered appropriate alternative housing.”
“Sue Dickenson's comment about the stork is priceless.”
“There's food in the bucket, because he loves food so much, and … he keeps his food in the basement, and he's coming up to answer the door because the stork is knocking at it and beseeching him to be a hero.”
“The stork is particularly mentioned; the fir-trees, which are very high, are her house, her castle.”
“Great pics the pic of the coon's uh um calling the stork, was hilarious.”
“Garret knew Ross would be coming through the door shortly, so he apologized for such a brief meeting and promised to call the stork early next week.”
“The stork was a Baptist who attended church every Sunday, which in a state like Indiana was very important.”
“FISCHER: The days of telling children that babies come by a stork is a long time gone, at least in the communities I ` m from.”
“The stork is a bird of prey; it is vigilant, greedy, and catches gudgeons.”
“The list of non-kosher birds in Vayikra 11: 13 and Deuteronomy 14: 12 includes "chasida", usually identified as stork (According to some authorities, however, the chasida is not the stork, because the stork is a kosher bird (Rabbenu Yerocham,”
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