phalarope

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noun phal·a·rope \ˈfa-lə-ˌrōp\

Definition of phalarope

plural

phalaropes

also

phalarope

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

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


First Known Use: 1771


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