from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Australian jacana, Parra (Hydralector) gallinacea, a small water-bird with enormously long toes, related to the rails: so named from being found about the lotus and water-lily. Its long toes enable it to run over the leaves of the water-lilies.
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My eye, too, takes wing, soaring in the guise of a lotus-bird, to regard the moon of your face. '[