from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A black and white African bird (Pluvianus aegyptius) that is related to the plover and feeds on insects that parasitize crocodiles.
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- n. The Egyptian plover, Pluvianus aegyptius
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. an African plover (Pluvianus ægypticus) which alights upon the crocodile and devours its insect parasites, even entering its open mouth (according to reliable writers) in pursuit of files, etc.; -- called also Nile bird. It is the trochilos of ancient writers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the Egyptian black-headed plover, Pluvianus œgyptius, one of several plovers which have been supposed to answer to the trochilus of Herodotus: so called from its association with the crocodile. See cut under Pluvianus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. African courser that feeds on insect parasites on crocodiles
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