avocet

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n avocet long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving bill
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Avocet (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.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n avocet See avoset.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Avocet av′o-set a widely spread genus of birds, with webbed feet, long legs, bare thighs, a long, slender, upward-curved, elastic bill, and snipe-like habit.
    • ***

Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

Van Hoose (1955:302) reported a small breeding colony of American Avocets 8 mi.
"Birds from Coahuila, Mexico" by Emil K. Urban
The Avocet can be known from any other bird by its up-curved bill, light plumage, webbed feet and large size (length about 17 inches).
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The Avocet is interesting and attractive in appearance, without having any especially notable characteristics.
"Birds, Illustrated by Color Photography [July 1897]" by Various
The Australian Avocet is one species of a cosmopolitan genus.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
The Avocets and Stilts are wading Snipes.
"Color Key to North American Birds" by Frank M. Chapman
The American avocet breeds from Washington southward and spends its winters from central California south.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
The Avocet is met with throughout a great part of the Old World, and is said to be not unfrequent in Holland and France.
"British Birds in their Haunts" by Rev. C. A. Johns
Later, we experimented on many oological varieties, especially Stilt's and Avocet's eggs.
"Wild Spain (España agreste)" by Abel Chapman
***

In poetry:

And the peewit’s cry is borne on the wind,
though longing’s borne farther away.
How bitterly close one’s heart is confined
when the avocet migrates in May!
"May Night" by Jeppe Aakjaer

In news:

Birders tally no fewer than 28 shorebird species each year, including plovers, dowitchers, and the occasional avocet and Long-billed Curlew.
***