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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A group of shore birds, embracing the plovers, sandpipers, snipe, curlew, etc.; the Grallæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In ornithology, an order or a suborder of birds, a part of the old order Grallæ or Grallatores, including most of those wading birds the few (usually four) young of which run about at birth, as distinguished from those of the heron tribe, which are reared in the nest, or of the rail tribe, which lay numerous eggs
  • In Vermes, a group of chætopod worms containing those Scoleina which are maritime and characterized by having the looped canals highly developed and differentiated as seminal ducts: distinguished from ordinary earthworms or Terricolæ.

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