Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A swimming or wading bird.

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  • noun Any bird that inhabits a freshwater environment; waterfowl.

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  • noun freshwater aquatic bird

Etymologies

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water +‎ bird

Examples

  • For his mouth being large, tongueless, and continually open in the water, multitudes of leeches become entangled in his teeth: these, when the crocodile emerges from the river and opens his mouth, are removed by a friendly waterbird, which is allowed to insert its beak without any risk to itself.

    The Defense

  • For his mouth being large, tongueless, and continually open in the water, multitudes of leeches become entangled in his teeth: these, when the crocodile emerges from the river and opens his mouth, are removed by a friendly waterbird, which is allowed to insert its beak without any risk to itself.

    The Defense

  • For his mouth being large, tongueless, and continually open in the water, multitudes of leeches become entangled in his teeth: these, when the crocodile emerges from the river and opens his mouth, are removed by a friendly waterbird, which is allowed to insert its beak without any risk to itself.

    The Apologia and Florida of Apuleius of Madaura

  • My lawn has always been weedy, but this spring, it is especially bad: fewer blades of fescue, more eruptions of splotchy, leafy plants that look like they belong in those bags of pre-washed salad you get at the supermarket -- plus one massive dandelion that I expect to climb any day now in search of a waterbird capable of squirting precious metals out of its oviduct.

    Weeding lawn myth from reality

  • Everything it touches seems suspended in honey: the waterbird puffing out its feathers to keep warm, the egret gliding by, the tight, lonely clump of sky-blue ceanothus clinging bravely to life, the pile of dog poop a ...

    Arlene Goldbard » 2009 » November

  • Everything it touches seems suspended in honey: the waterbird puffing out its feathers to keep warm, the egret gliding by, the tight, lonely clump of sky-blue ceanothus clinging bravely to life, the pile of dog poop a previous walker has left in my path.

    Time of Mystery

  • Major seabird and waterbird colonies include those of red-footed booby Sula sula (3,000-4,000 individuals) on Half Moon Caye, brown booby Sula leucogaster on Man O'War Caye, and common noddy Anous stolidus on Glover's Reef.

    Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, Belize

  • And what is that waterbird out in front, with the elegant silhouette?

    New spring arrivals....

  • Listed as 'World Heritage in Danger' in 1993 because of urban encroachment, pollution, lowered water levels, declining waterbird populations, invasion by exotic species and hurricane damage.

    Everglades National Park, United States

  • Consequences have included the extirpation of plankton-eating fish, and several waterbird die-offs have been linked to avian diseases that thrive in hypersaline conditions.

    Secondary salinization

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