av·​o·​cet | \ ˈa-və-ˌset How to pronounce avocet (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with other partners, constructed mud islands within these managed ponds in 2010 for birds, like snowy plovers, stilts and avocets. Priyanka Runwal, New York Times, "A Silicon Valley Disruption for Birds That Gorge on Endangered Fish," 12 Nov. 2019 Rarities last week included an American avocet and a buff-breasted sandpiper at the Bill Forward Pool on Plum Island. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 2 Sep. 2019 An American avocet was seen at North Monomoy, then Forest Beach in Chatham, where tricolored and little blue herons were also seen. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 3 Sep. 2019 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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“Avocet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avocet. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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