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

  • n. Either of two shore birds (Limnodromus griseus or L. scolopaceus) of northern regions, having brownish plumage and a long, straight bill.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of three long-legged and long-billed migratory wading birds in the genus Limnodromus of the family Scolopacidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The red-breasted or gray snipe (Macrorhamphus griseus); -- called also brownback, and grayback.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The red-breasted or gray-backed snipe, Macrorhamphus griseus: a popular and now a book name of this species, which was formerly locally (Long Island and vicinity) called German or Dutch snipe, to distinguish it from the so-called English snipe, Gallinago wilsoni.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. shorebird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe

Etymologies

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

Perhaps from Mohawk tawístawis, snipe.

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From an Iroquoian language; compare Oneida tawístawe ("snipe").

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