Definition of limpkin in English:


Syllabification: limp·kin
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
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    • 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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