from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Linnean genus of Scolopacidæ, formerly including most of the scolopacine and some other birds, but now restricted to the genus of which the European woodcock, S. rusticula, is the type: in this sense synonymous only with Rusticola. The birds most frequently called snipe belong to the genera Gallinago and Macrorhamphus. See snipe.
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- n. type of the Scolopacidae: Old World woodcocks
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Similar stories can be told of O. sphegodes, the early spider Orchid; O. fuciflora, the late spider orchid; and O. scolopax, the woodcock orchid.
I shot one, and ascertained it to be a variety of scolopax arquata; and perceived, after I noticed the fact, that the alarm was invariably given.
It was a calm still evening and warm, the wood-cock (scolopax) chirruping high up in the air, gently descends by spiral circular tract, and alights on the humid plain: this bird appears in Pennsylvania early in the spring, when the Elm and Maple begin to flower, and here the scarlet Maple, Elm and Alder began to shew their flowers, the yellow Jasmin just ready to open its fragrant golden blossoms, and the gay Azalea also preparing to expand its beauties.
Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges, or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws; Containing An Account of the Soil and Natural Productions of Those Regions, Together with Observations on the Manners of the Indians.
(scolopax); the coot, or water-hen, ayam ayer (fulica); and the plover, cheruling (charadrius).
For a case somewhat analogous to that suggested see the description of O. scolopax in "Fertilisation of
(scolopax rusticola); wood snipe (scolopax fedoa); waterhen (alea arctica? vel fulica ehloropus?) quail