Definition of avocet in English:

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avocet

Pronunciation: /ˈavəsɛt/

noun

A long-legged wading bird with a slender upturned bill and strikingly patterned plumage.
Example sentences
  • Shorebirds, for those of you who want to know but are afraid to ask, comprise many families of birds, including oystercatchers, stilts, avocets, plovers, turnstones, sandpipers and phalaropes.
  • Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.
  • There are herons, ducks, geese, ospreys, eagles, vultures, pelicans, gulls, plovers, avocets, storks, francolins, guinea fowls and many more.

Origin

Late 17th century: from French avocette, from Italian avosetta.

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