from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Either of two wading birds, Arenaria interpres, a widely distributed species that is dark brown above with large areas of chestnut and black, or A. melanocephala, having black and white plumage, that breeds along the coast of Alaska and winters from there to Baja California.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Either of two species of coastal wading bird, Arenaria interpres and Arenaria melanocephala. They breed in the Arctic and readily turn stones or seaweed looking for hidden invertebrates.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any species of limicoline birds of the genera Strepsilas and Arenaria, allied to the plovers, especially the common American and European species (Strepsilas interpres). They are so called from their habit of turning up small stones in search of mollusks and other aquatic animals. Called also brant bird, sand runner, sea quail, sea lark, sparkback, and skirlcrake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small grallatorial bird of the genus Strepsilas, allied both to plovers and to sandpipers: so called from its habit of turning over little stones or pebbles on the sea-shore in search of food.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for food
From its method of finding food.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
turn + stone (Wiktionary)