any shorebird of the genus Arenaria, characterized by the habit of turning over stones in search of food.
British, ruddy turnstone.

1665–75; turn + stone

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

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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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