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

  • adj. Of or relating to shore birds, especially the plovers, sandpipers, and phalaropes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Shore-dwelling, usually said of certain wading birds, such as snipes and plovers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shore-inhabiting; of or pertaining to the Limicolæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Living on or in mud; specifically, of or pertaining to the Limicolæ, in either sense of that word. It is a common epithet of the large group of birds known as shore-birds, bay-snipe, etc.
  • n. In ornithology, a member of the Limicolæ.

Etymologies

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

From New Latin Līmicolae, former group name, from pl. of Late Latin līmicola, living in mud : Latin līmus, slime; see lei- in Indo-European roots + Latin -cola, inhabitant; see -colous.

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