wading bird


Definition of wading bird

: any of an order (Ciconiiformes) of long-legged birds (such as herons, bitterns, storks, and ibises) that wade in water in search of food

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With a wingspan of 217 feet, this moveable sunscreen, likened by some to the wings of a bird and by others to sails full of wind, unfolds and folds twice daily. Carla Minsky, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Travel is Good for the Soul," 10 June 2018 After a bath in a wooden tub in a Japanese cedar room and a long sleep, Stephen[need to ID Stephen] opened the shoji screen to find snow falling on a still-red maple with a bird on a branch. Kevin Doyle, WSJ, "24 Famous Globe-Trotters on the Hotels They Love Most," 27 Apr. 2018 Make a bird feeder, bird observation, bird trivia and more. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's what to do in Louisville: Go after-hours at the Speed or dance at a masquerade," 14 Feb. 2018 Even among that bunch of beauties, Delicata stood out, her striking and graphic self-presentation combined with what casting director William Lhoest describes as a bird-like fragility. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Catching Up with Laura Delicata, Star of the ’00s Belgian Model Wave," 1 Mar. 2019 Will win: Sporting the world's grimmest hair bob and a bird on her shoulder, Allison Janney has ice water in her veins as Tonya Harding's harsh, demanding mother. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Oscars 2018: 10 big predictions for the Academy Awards," 1 Mar. 2018 The starting point was the wallcovering — a birds-and-flowers fabric from Zoffany that comes in panels. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Ann Pyne on Designing a Happy and Fun Southampton Home," 2 Oct. 2012 Bird strikes—a bird or birds being sucked into the engine's turbine—are relatively common, according to Fred George, a senior editor at Business and Commercial Aviation and a former Navy pilot who has clocked hours on an Airbus A-320. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 Anhinga Amble: Rangers give a terrific, free, 50-minute tour at 10:30 a.m. daily down the Anhinga Trail to see alligators, wading birds and other wildlife. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Free entry at Everglades National Park and Shark Valley on April 21," 20 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of wading bird

1840, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wading bird was in 1840

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English Language Learners Definition of wading bird

: a bird with long legs (such as a heron) that finds its food in water

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: a bird (as a heron) with long legs that wades in water in search of food

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