Definition of turnstone
: either of two shorebirds (genus Arenaria) of the sandpiper family:a : a bird (A. interpres) of worldwide distribution that has black and chestnut upperparts and a black breastb : a North American bird (A. melanocephala) with black upperparts and breast
Origin and Etymology of turnstone
from a habit of turning over stones to find food
First Known Use: circa 1674See Words from the same year
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