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 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., "Bird sightings," 4 Aug. 2019 An out-of-place, out-of-season red phalarope was found at Harding’s Beach in Chatham., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 24 June 2018 At Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, there was one Wilson’s phalarope, two razorbills, one snowy owl, and one hooded warbler., "Bird sightings," 19 May 2018 Warnock is particularly fond of the phalarope, a small shorebird with an unusual way of catching bugs. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Migration destinations: Watch birds wing their way across the continent," 22 Sep. 2017

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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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“Phalarope.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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