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avocet

[av-uh-set] /ˈæv əˌsɛt/
noun
1.
any of several long-legged, web-footed shorebirds constituting the genus Recurvirostra, having a long, slender, upward-curving bill.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < French avocette, probably erroneous spelling for Neo-Latin avosetta < Italian < Upper Italian (< Venetian)
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avocet

/ˈævəˌsɛt/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C18: from French avocette, from Italian avocetta, of uncertain origin
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