phal·​a·​rope | \ ˈfa-lə-ˌrōp How to pronounce phalarope (audio) \
plural phalaropes also phalarope

Definition of phalarope

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

Examples of phalarope in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Reports included a very late Wilson’s phalarope at Belle Isle in East Boston, 13 purple finches at Millennium Park in West Roxbury, and a clay-colored sparrow at Franklin Park., 6 Nov. 2021 Two Atlantic puffins were seen on Stellwagen Bank, along with a red phalarope, 2 Cory’s shearwaters, a great shearwater, and a Manx shearwater., 13 Oct. 2021 In the area, there was a red phalarope reported from Whately and a Connecticut warbler in Northfield., 18 Sep. 2021 Around the region, 140 Wilson’s storm-petrels were seen off Winthrop, a Wilson’s phalarope at Belle Isle in East Boston, two least bitterns at Great Meadows Refuge in Concord, and five grasshopper sparrows in Shirley., 7 Aug. 2021 Swans and 17 species of duck frequent Gillmor, which also provides nesting habitat for various shorebirds, such as the snowy plover, American avocet, Wilson’s phalarope, black-necked stilt, cinnamon teal and gadwall. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 Dec. 2020 Offshore: Small flocks of red-necked phalaropes, parasitic and pomarine jaegers, roseate terns, and larger groups of storm-petrels and shearwaters numbering into the hundreds were seen from Jeffrey’s Ledge., 4 Aug. 2019 An out-of-place, out-of-season red phalarope was found at Harding’s Beach in Chatham., 24 June 2018 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there was one Wilson’s phalarope, two razorbills, one snowy owl, and one hooded warbler., 19 May 2018

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First Known Use of phalarope

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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12 Nov 2021

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“Phalarope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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