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dowitcher

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Pronunciation: /ˈdaʊɪtʃə
 
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Definition of dowitcher in English:

noun

A wading bird of the sandpiper family, with a long straight bill, breeding in arctic and subarctic North America and eastern Asia.
  • Genus Limnodromus, family Scolopacidae: three species
Example sentences
  • Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.
  • Common species of shorebirds, such as yellowlegs, dowitchers, black-bellied plovers and ‘peep,’ are often joined by pectoral, stilt and solitary sandpipers.
  • Often described as looking like a yellowlegs and feeding like a dowitcher, the Stilt Sandpiper is a medium-sized, long-legged wader.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Iroquoian.

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