pratincole

noun
pra·​tin·​cole | \ ˈpra-tᵊn-ˌkōl How to pronounce pratincole (audio) , ˈprā-, -tiŋ- \

Definition of pratincole

: any of several Old World shore-inhabiting birds (genera Glareola and Stiltia of the family Glareolidae) with a short bill and a forked tail

First Known Use of pratincole

1773, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pratincole

ultimately from Latin pratum meadow + incola inhabitant, from in- + colere to cultivate — more at wheel

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“Pratincole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pratincole. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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