pra·​tin·​cole ˈpra-tᵊn-ˌkōl How to pronounce pratincole (audio)
: any of several Old World shore-inhabiting birds (genera Glareola and Stiltia of the family Glareolidae) with a short bill and a forked tail

Word History


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

First Known Use

1773, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pratincole was in 1773

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“Pratincole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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