Definition of limpkin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈlim(p)kin/


A wading marsh bird related to the rails, with long legs and a long bill, found in the southeastern US and tropical America.
  • Aramus guarauna, the only member of the family Aramidae.
Example sentences
  • But there is some worry the pythons may start feeding on birds, such as limpkins, which are not accustomed to defending themselves against nocturnal predators.
  • Alas, the cry of the limpkin, a hair-raising screech.
  • Its curved bill bits perfectly into a snail shell, allowing the limpkin to deftly extract the mollusk.


Late 19th century: from limp1 (with reference to the bird's limping gait) + -kin.

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Syllabification: limp·kin

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