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phalarope Syllabification: phal·a·rope
Pronunciation: /ˈfaləˌrōp/

Definition of phalarope in English:


A small wading or swimming bird with a straight bill and lobed feet, unusual in that the female is more brightly colored than the male.
  • Family Scolopacidae (subfamily Phalaropodinae): three species, red phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius), Wilson’s phalarope (Steganopus tricolor), and northern phalarope (Lobipes lobatus)
Example sentences
  • In the mud flats of the Bay of Fundy, you'll see large roosts of shorebirds - plovers, yellowlegs, godwits, curlews, and phalaropes - at high tide.
  • An estimated 1.5 million eared grebes, 50,000 Wilson's phalaropes, 50,000 California gulls, and 200 snowy plovers visit Mono Lake each spring and summer.
  • The best known of sex-role-reversed shorebirds are the spotted sandpiper, phalaropes (genus Phalaropus), and jacanas (family Jacanidae).


Late 18th century: from French, from modern Latin Phalaropus, formed irregularly from Greek phalaris 'coot' + pous, pod- 'foot'.

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