Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A totipalmate natatorial bird of the family Plotidæ and genus Plotus: so called from the long, slender, snaky neck; a snake-neck; an anhinga or water-turkey; a darter. See cut under anhinga.
  • noun The wryneck, Iynx torquilla: so named from the serpentine movement of the neck. See cut under wryneck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus Anhinga or Plotus. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The wryneck.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Any long-necked waterbird in the family Anhingidae

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill

Etymologies

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snake +‎ bird, from its snake-like neck.

Examples

  • Its long neck resembles a snake ready to strike when the Anhinga - also called a snakebird - is swimming.

    The Seattle Times

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