avocet

noun
av·o·cet | \ ˈa-və-ˌset \

Definition of avocet 

: any of a genus (Recurvirostra) of rather large long-legged shorebirds with webbed feet and slender upward-curving bill

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At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there was an American avocet in the marsh across from parking lot 1. BostonGlobe.com, "bird sightings," 30 June 2018 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, sightings included an American avocet, 10 piping plovers, an Iceland gull, a tricolored heron, a least bittern, and two orchard orioles. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 17 June 2018 Be sure to bring your binoculars: dowitchers, western sandpipers and American avocets are all on display. Peter Fish, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 5 best hikes in Napa for wine lovers," 21 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of avocet

1766, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avocet

French & Italian; French avocette, from Italian avocetta

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