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water bird

an aquatic bird; a swimming or wading bird.
Origin of water bird
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • It is essentially a water-bird, and on shore is both slow and awkward.

    On the Trail Lina Beard and Adelia Belle Beard
  • A name of the water-bird also called sand-lark or sand-piper.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • It is not a water-bird in structure, though it gets its living in the water, and never leaves the streams.

  • He was still talking to Whitewing about her when a peculiar whistle was heard outside, as of some water-bird.

    The Prairie Chief R.M. Ballantyne
  • From a lake, curled in a hollow like a patch of smoke, came the cry of a water-bird.

  • Didapper, did′ap-ėr, n. a water-bird that is constantly dipping or diving under water—also called the Dabchick.

  • It bore no resemblance whatever to the short rapid flapping of the swan, nor to the flight of any water-bird.

    The Boy Hunters Captain Mayne Reid
  • The cry of a water-bird broke shrilly on the silence of the night, and made us feel less lonely.

British Dictionary definitions for water-bird

water bird

any aquatic bird, including the wading and swimming birds
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