phalarope

noun phal·a·rope \ ˈfa-lə-ˌrōp \

Definition of phalarope

plural phalaropes also phalarope
: any of a genus (Phalaropus) of small shorebirds related to sandpipers but distinguished by their lobed toes and preference for swimming

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Origin and Etymology of phalarope

French, from New Latin phalaropod-, phalaropus, from Greek phalaris coot + pod-, pous foot; akin to Greek phalios having a white spot — more at bald, foot


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