ground-feeding love

Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Feeding on the bottom of the water, as certain fishes: an anglers' term.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • Pied wagtails feed on tiny insects, so small that other ground-feeding birds generally ignore them.

    Birdwatch: Pied wagtail

  • She was at her most animal in this mood, seeming to sense in advance when a threat was neai something upsetting about to be said or done -- like a ground-feeding creature, spooked by instinct, a faint whir of peculiar molecules, a vagrant smell -- and she made as though to flee.

    Beard

  • Gauging the opinions of dove hunters can't be a bad thing -- it just doesn't seem necessary in light of the overwhelming scientific evidence that cumulative lead deposits pose a significant risk to ground-feeding mourning doves and to other wildlife that directly and indirectly ingest toxic shot, including birds of prey and other animals who scavenge on downed birds.

    Michael Markarian: Get the Lead Out

  • So in ground hornbills we seem to have slow-breeding, terrestrial, ground-feeding, carnivorous savannah-dwellers that belong to a clade of mostly arboreal, forest-dwelling frugivores.

    Bucorvids: post-Cretaceous maniraptorans on the savannah

  • Have to look closer at the ground-feeding birds, rather than just glancing at the milling mob.

    October morn

  • I'm putting out more seeds and some cracked corn for the Doves, and other ground-feeding birds.

    Archive 2004-01-04

  • As the larger ground-feeding birds seldom take flight except to escape danger, it is probable that the nearly wingless condition of several birds, now inhabiting or which lately inhabited several oceanic islands, tenanted by no beast of prey, has been caused by disuse.

    V. Laws of Variation. Effects of the Increased Use and Disuse of Parts, as Controlled by Natural Selection

  • As the larger ground-feeding birds seldom take flight except to escape danger, I believe that the nearly wingless condition of several birds, which now inhabit or have lately inhabited several oceanic islands, tenanted by no beast of prey, has been caused by disuse.

    On the Origin of Species~ Chapter 05 (historical)

  • And where did all the other back-yard birds go, the ground-feeding sparrows, the seed-snatching chickadees and the flock of goldfinches at the tube feeders?

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  • The ground-feeding birds, from mourning doves to cardinals to sparrows, fly up in alarm if a cat is detected in the vicinity.

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