avocet

avocet

[av-uh-set]
noun
any of several long-legged, web-footed shorebirds constituting the genus Recurvirostra, having a long, slender, upward-curving bill.

Origin:
1760–70; < French avocette, probably erroneous spelling for Neo-Latin avosetta < Italian < Upper Italian (< Venetian)

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avocet (ˈævəˌsɛt)
 
n
any of several long-legged shore birds of the genus Recurvirostra, such as the European R. avosetta, having black-and-white plumage and a long upward-curving bill: family Recurvirostridae, order Charadriiformes
 
[C18: from French avocette, from Italian avocetta, of uncertain origin]

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