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[limp-kin] /ˈlɪmp kɪn/
a large, loud-voiced, wading bird, Aramus guarauna, intermediate in size and character between the cranes and the rails, of the warmer regions of America.
Origin of limpkin
1870-75, Americanism; limp1 + -kin; so called because of its jerky walk Unabridged
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  • They can run rapidly, having a peculiar mincing gait, that is said to have given them the name of limpkin.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • The limpkin is a singular inhabitant of the more retired Florida swamps.

British Dictionary definitions for limpkin


a rail-like wading bird, Aramus guarauna, of tropical American marshes, having dark brown plumage with white markings and a wailing cry: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc) Also called courlan
Word Origin
C19: named from its awkward gait
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