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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A genus of Scolopacid√¶ established by S. F. Baird in 1858: so called from the semipalmation of the feet; the stilt-sandpipers. There is but one species, M. himantopus, a common bird of North America. It is migratory through the United States in spring and fall, breeding in high latitudes.


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