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 Keith Woodley of the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre on the North Island of New Zealand reported that a male godwit carrying a satellite transmitter first left the mudflats near the Kuskokwim River on Sept. 11. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Nov. 2021 Martha’s Vineyard: Highlights featured a Eurasian wigeon in Edgartown, and a stilt sandpiper and a Hudsonian godwit in Chilmark. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The area hosted an American white pelican at Sesachacha Pond and a marbled godwit at the UMass Field Station on Polpis Road. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Sep. 2019 Last week, there was a little blue heron, a Nelson’s sparrow, and a Hudsonian godwit. BostonGlobe.com, 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 30 Nov. 2021.

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