oyster catcher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n oyster catcher black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n oyster catcher (Zoöl) Any one of several species of wading birds of the genus Hæmatopus having stout legs and bill and mostly black-and-white plumage, which frequent seashores and feed upon oysters and other shellfish. The European species (Hæmatopus ostralegus), the common American species (Hæmatopus palliatus), and the California, or black, oyster catcher (Hæmatopus Bachmani) are the best known.
    • Oyster catcher (Zoöl) See oystercatcher in the vocabulary.
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Usage

In literature:

Another bird of our coast is the Oyster-catcher, sometimes called the "Sea-pie" or Mussel-picker.
"On the Seashore" by R. Cadwallader Smith
THE PIED OYSTER CATCHER.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction, Vol. 14, Issue 403, December 5, 1829" by Various
A few oyster-catchers and gulls were generally about the beach, and in the lake a few wild ducks.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
The oyster-catcher, which is a somewhat rare bird, has been observed only on Lake Neyriz.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 5. (of 7): Persia" by George Rawlinson
Sometimes bathers were attacked; at other times fishermen, shrimp catchers, and oyster divers were carried off or attacked by them.
"Prisoners Their Own Warders" by J. F. A. McNair
Oyster-catchers, as they are familiarly called, decked with scarlet bills and legs, are abundant.
"Foot-prints of Travel" by Maturin M. Ballou
This species is the same size as the Oyster-catcher, but the plumage is entirely black both above and below.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
Oyster-catchers, as they are familiarly called, decked with scarlet legs and bills, were abundant.
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
Half-seen birds were wading about the water's edge, but Dick said these were oyster-catchers and not worth powder and shot.
"Johnstone of the Border" by Harold Bindloss
Only the Sooty Oyster-Catcher knows How sweet to us, as there we lingered dreaming.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
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In news:

"Great black-backed gulls nest on Little Gull ," she says, "as well as herring gulls , double-crested cormorants, and possibly a pair of oyster catchers.
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