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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Weir, 33, has his hair swept into a bird nest — two women help him style his hair and do his makeup each day — and wears sequined blazers over layers of leather and lace. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "What’s Inside Johnny Weir’s Hotel Room at the Olympics," 16 Feb. 2018 Park’s people and even the occasional animals (a bird, a monkey) are energetic and mysterious, sinister and sly, with independent minds and complicated pasts. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Artists explore American identity in Sondheim Artscape Prize exhibit," 21 June 2018 Perhaps taking a cue from Kafka’s famous quip about a cage that went out in search of a bird, the set consisted of all manner of cages. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Kafka encaged, writing to his father," 18 June 2018 There’s also a bird that struts around, lording it over the place like a, well, peacock. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "The Houston Arboretum’s newest resident: An exotic peacock," 15 June 2018 Birders and state wildlife officials then mounted a frantic search to rescue the bird, which was finally captured Wednesday and taken to a bird sanctuary nearby for treatment. Annie Gowen, Washington Post, "A photo of an Indian bird with its beak shut by a plastic ring went viral. Now he's been rescued.," 13 June 2018 Known as the Ward Mound Group, the remaining mounds consist of an effigy of a bird, and a partial dog effigy on about 3 acres. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tie vote at Wisconsin Supreme Court protects Native American burial site," 22 May 2018 Meier instructs me, the girl who looks like a bird flapping its wings across the table. Danielle Fox, ELLE Decor, "I Tried The Plaza’s Sold-Out Etiquette Course," 15 Dec. 2017 Each one made her guffaw in her unique soprano Dolly way—kind of like a bird who doesn't take herself too seriously. Stephanie Dolgoff, Woman's Day, "3 Lies About Dolly Parton That Dolly Parton Thinks Are Hilarious," 26 Mar. 2014

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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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Kids Definition of wading bird

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

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