• WordNet 3.6
    • n Recurvirostra type genus of the Recurvirostridae: avocets
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n recurvirostra A genus of precocial limicoline grallatorial birds, type of the family Recurrirostridæ, having a long and very slender depressed and recurved bill, extremely long slender legs, and four toes, the three front ones of whieh are webbed; the avosets. The body is depressed, and the under parts are clothed with thick plumage like a duck's, so that the birds swim with ease by means of their webbed feet. See avoset. Also called Avocetta.
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