whooping crane


: a large white nearly extinct North American crane (Grus americana) noted for its loud trumpeting call

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Examples of whooping crane in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the time, the whooping crane was close to extinction—only about 15 birds were still living in the wild. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2024 The zoo has welcomed several new animals this year, including a whooping crane chick, a giraffe, lemurs, emperor tamarin monkeys and an elephant. Allie Kelly, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2023 The recent hatching of a whooping crane chick at the Dallas Zoo is a big deal for conservation efforts. Lana Ferguson, Dallas News, 11 July 2023 Take the whooping crane, for example. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 15 Dec. 2022 While extreme weather is particularly dangerous for imperiled species, the whooping crane — listed by the federal government as endangered — appears to have weathered the storm, said Joe Saenz, manager of the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge in Texas. John Flesher and Jamie Stengle, Chron, 24 Feb. 2021 For example, the whooping crane -- an endangered species that has struggled to recover from hunting and habitat destruction -- was recently seen nesting in Texas for the first time in more than a century. Elizabeth Gray, CNN, 7 June 2021 For the whooping crane, an endangered species struggling to increase its numbers, each individual added to the flock is critical. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2020 These scientists set out to answer these questions by studying the life history of the whooping crane. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 30 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whooping crane was in 1731

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“Whooping crane.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whooping%20crane. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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whooping crane

: a large white nearly extinct North American crane that has a loud trumpeting call

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