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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Recent Examples on the Web For a company named after a bird that is famously extinct, the Dodo is everywhere. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "How The Dodo Became the Warmest, Fuzziest Corner of the Web," 25 Dec. 2019 Artistic protesters have also taken the opportunity to create a visual representation of the concept of extrajudicial punishment, as a mythical creature that is a hybrid of a lion and a bird. Mary Hui, Quartz, "The Cantonese words at the heart of Hong Kong’s 2019 protest vocabulary," 23 Dec. 2019 The winner of the prestigious 2019 Kennerspiel des Jahres award, Wingspan has players take control of a bird sanctuary, competing to attract the best birds. Rachel Kaufman, Smithsonian, "The Best Board Games of 2019," 11 Dec. 2019 Residents in the zone with a bird feeder can keep track of the birds that come to visit on Dec. 14 and submit that information to Moore. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "Christmas Bird Count still taking volunteers for Spring area," 5 Dec. 2019 Like other wading birds, reddish egrets were nearly hunted to extinction during the plume trade. Jenny Staletovich, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida’s red tide is back. Rare bird species is latest victim," 2 Dec. 2019 Like other wading birds, reddish egrets were nearly hunted to extinction during the plume trade. Jenny Staletovich, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s red tide is back. One of North America’s rarest bird species is among its latest victims," 30 Nov. 2019 No injuries were reported but fire officials say a firefighting helicopter was struck by a bird and its windshield damage, forcing it out of the fight until Friday. Robert Jablon, Anchorage Daily News, "Punishing winds that whipped California wildfires expected to continue," 25 Oct. 2019 While Randolph hasn’t had a bird strike that was fatal to a pilot, the strikes have caused extensive damage, officials said. Sara Cline, ExpressNews.com, "Randolph officials clearing area at end of runway on Northeast Side to protect pilots, community," 20 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of wading bird

1840, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jan 2020

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“Wading bird.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wading%20bird. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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