crocodile bird

noun

Definition of crocodile bird

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

First Known Use of crocodile bird

1868, in the meaning defined above

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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 26 May. 2022.

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