pratincole

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noun pra·tin·cole \ˈpra-tən-ˌkōl, ˈprā-, -tiŋ-\

Definition of pratincole

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

Origin and Etymology of pratincole

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


First Known Use: 1773


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