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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
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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turnstone

either of two species of shorebirds (genus Arenaria) that constitute the subfamily Arenariinae (family Scolopacidae). The birds use their short, flattened bills, which are slightly recurved (upturned at the tip), to overturn pebbles and shells in search of food. Turnstones grow to a length of about 20 cm (8 inches)

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