godwit

noun
god·​wit | \ ˈgäd-ˌwit How to pronounce godwit (audio) \

Definition of godwit

: any of a genus (Limosa) of shorebirds that are related to the curlews and sandpipers and have a long slender slightly upturned or straight bill

Examples of godwit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Senner hopes to use the system to track the Hudsonian godwit, a bird that migrates nearly 10,000 miles from Chile’s southern tip to Alaska. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "The International Space Station Just Became a Powerful Tool for Tracking Animal Migration," 11 June 2020 There were also five marbled godwits and two Western sandpipers on Plymouth Beach and a little blue heron and a merlin at Millennium Park in West Roxbury. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings," 8 Sep. 2019 South Shore: Sightings from Plymouth included a marbled godwit at Holmes Point and a western tanager at the Eel River Preserve. BostonGlobe.com, "Central Mass:," 29 Dec. 2019 The American avocet continued at Forest Beach in Chatham, where birders also noted a marbled godwit, 20 snowy egrets, and a glossy ibis. BostonGlobe.com, "Recent bird sightings on Cape Cod (as of Sept. 17) as reported to the Massachusetts Audubon Society.," 24 Sep. 2019 Last week, there was a little blue heron, a Nelson’s sparrow, and a Hudsonian godwit. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings across the region," 26 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of godwit

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Godwit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/godwit. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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