Avoset

Definitions

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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Avoset (Zoöl) A grallatorial bird, of the genus Recurvirostra; the scooper. The bill is long and bend upward toward the tip. The American species is Recurvirostra Americana.
    • n Avoset Same as Avocet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n avoset A bird of the genus Recurvirostra, family Recurvirostridæ, and order Limicolæ, characterized by extreme slenderness and upward curvature of the bill, and by very long legs and webbed toes. In the latter characteristic it differs from most wading birds. Its length is from 15 to 18 inches from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail, and its coloration is chiefly black and white, the legs being blue. Several species are described. The avoset of Europe is R. avocetta; that of the United States is R. americana, distinguished by the chestnutbrown coloration of the head. The former is sometimes called the scooper or scooping avoset.
    • n avoset A humming-bird of the genus Avocetta.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Avoset a widely spread genus of birds, with webbed feet, long legs, bare thighs, a long, slender, upward-curved, elastic bill, and snipe-like habit.
    • Avoset . See Avocet.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. avocette,: cf. It. avosetta, Sp. avoceta,

Usage

In literature:

One pretty little wader, an avoset, appears as if standing on stilts, its legs are so long; and its bill seems bent the wrong way, or upward.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
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