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turnstone

[turn-stohn] /ˈtɜrnˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
any shorebird of the genus Arenaria, characterized by the habit of turning over stones in search of food.
2.
British, ruddy turnstone.
Origin of turnstone
1665-1675
1665-75; turn + stone
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turnstone

/ˈtɜːnˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
either of two shore birds of the genus Arenaria, esp A. interpres (ruddy turnstone). They are related and similar to plovers and sandpipers
Word Origin
C17: so called because it turns over stones in search of food
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