American avocet


Definition of American avocet

: an avocet (Recurvirostra americana) of North America that has black-and-white stripes on the back and wings, white underparts, and light blue legs American avocets forage in shallow water with graceful sweeps of upturned bills.— Chris Dietel, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 July 1990

called also bluestocking

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First Known Use of American avocet

1785, in the meaning defined above

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“American avocet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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