crocodile bird

noun

: an African bird (Pluvianus aegyptius) that is related to the pratincoles and lights on the crocodile and eats its insect parasites

Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crocodile bird was in 1868

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“Crocodile bird.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crocodile%20bird. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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