from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. Same as natatores.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An order founded by Schaeffer in 1774, and in Cuvier's system the sixth order of birds, corresponding to the Anseres of Linnæus and the Natatores of Illiger; web-footed or swimming birds.
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This will perhaps cause embarrassment to ornithologists who are careful in describing and classing the palmipedes; they will doubtless ask if a single name is really suited to two families who are poles apart from one another and who differ in several respects, particularly in their beaks, winglets, and claws.
The fertility of the soil, and the vastness of the lakes and marshes, attract many migratory birds; passerinæ and palmipedes flock thither from all parts of the Mediterranean.
A man who has an itching for the thing, and who desires to become a pond-skimmer, as they are called, carefully selects from his squadron of _palmipedes_, the strongest, the most intelligent duck or goose of the party; his choice made, he immediately sets to work to give him the education befitting a bird destined for so honourable and diplomatic an employment.
"All the individuals of this order, as their name -- _palmipedes_, or web-footed birds -- indicates, have their toes united by a wide membrane.