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wading birds, Modern Latin, from Latin grallotores "stilt-walkers," plural of grallator, from grallae "stilts," ultimately from stem of gradi "to walk, go" (see grade (n.)). Related: Grallatorial (1835).

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  • Abundance of water makes the provinces of Shoa a favourite place of resort to many species of grallatores.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • This arrangement is constant in grallatores (wading birds), gallinaceæ (domestic fowls), and raptores (birds of prey).

  • Of the thirty species of grallatores the most remarkable is the emu.

  • There is also an ornithological museum, with some very fine specimens of the order of grallatores (or waders).

    A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land William R. Hughes
  • It woke the grallatores of the swamp—the qua-bird, the curlews, and the tall blue herons—who screamed in concert.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • In certain anatomical points, and especially 383 in their habits, the Brevipenn differ greatly from the other grallatores.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier

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