Gavia

noun Ga·via \ˈgāvēə\

Definition of Gavia

  1. :  a genus of somewhat primitive aquatic birds comprising the loons and having the legs placed far back under the body which results in a clumsy floundering gait on land — see gaviiformes

There's more!

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!
Already a subscriber? Log in.

Origin and Etymology of gavia

New Latin, from Latin, a bird (probably sea mew)


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up Gavia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!