American oystercatcher


Definition of American oystercatcher

: oystercatcher sense a On a spit of sand off one of the islands were about two dozen American oystercatchers, driven from coastlines to islands in search of the deserted beaches they need for nesting.— Susan M. Green, Tampa (Florida) Tribune, 3 Nov. 2002

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1835, in the meaning defined above

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