Definitions

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  • n. Three species of aquatic bird in the family Heliornithidae.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A South American bird (Heliornis fulica) allied to the grebes. The name is also applied to several related species of the genus Podica.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Pl. finfoots or finfeet (-futs, -fēt). A name of the pinnatiped or lobe-footed birds of Africa and South America, of the family Heliornithidæ, related to the rails and coots; a bird of the genus Heliornis or Podoa; one of the sun-birds, as Heliornis surinamensis or H. senegalensis.
  • n. Pl. finfeet. A swimming-foot; a pleiopod, as of a crustacean.

Etymologies

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From fin +‎ foot.

Examples

  • Pale-capped pigeon Columba punicea (VU) in the evergreen forest, green peafowl Pavo muticus (VU) and silver oriole Oriolus mellianus (VU) in the dipterocarp/deciduous forest and masked finfoot Heliopais personata (VU) from the riverside are resident. 53 species are considered nationally threatened or near threatened, including four species of hornbill, Siamese fireback pheasant Lophura diardi, the rare silver pheasant Lophura nycthemera and the mountain imperial pigeon Ducula badia.

    Dong Phayayan Khao-Yai Forest Complex, Thailand

  • Found above the falls are whitebacked night heron Gorsachius leuconotus, African finfoot Podica senegalensis and rock pratincole Glareola nuchalis.

    Mosi-oa-Tunya Victoria Falls, Zambia

  • The bird assemblage also includes the globally threatened lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus) and threatened masked finfoot (Heliopais personata).

    Sundarbans mangroves

  • On the river and in the ponds we saw the finfoot, a bird with feet like a grebe and bill and tail like those of a darter, but, like so many South American birds, with no close affiliations among other species.

    IV. The Headwaters of the Paraguay

  • On the river and in the ponds we saw the finfoot, a bird with feet like a grebe and bill and tail like those of a darter, but, like so many

    Through the Brazilian Wilderness

  • In addition to conserving globally important populations of freshwater dolphins, the new wildlife sanctuaries in the Sundarbans are expected to provide protection for other threatened aquatic wildlife including the river terrapin, masked finfoot, and small-clawed otter.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

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