turnstone

noun turn·stone \ -ˌstōn \

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 breast
b : a North American bird (A. melanocephala) with black upperparts and breast

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Origin and Etymology of turnstone

from a habit of turning over stones to find food


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