crocodile bird love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

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  • noun The Egyptian plover, Pluvianus aegyptius

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  • noun African courser that feeds on insect parasites on crocodiles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From the unsubstantiated traditional belief that crocodiles allow the bird to fly into their open jaws unharmed so that it can clean their teeth or remove leeches.]

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