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phalarope

Line breaks: phala|rope
Pronunciation: /ˈfalərəʊp
 
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Definition of phalarope in English:

noun

A small wading or swimming bird with a straight bill and lobed feet, unusual in that the female is more brightly coloured than the male.
  • Genus Phalaropus, family Scolopacidae (subfamily Phalaropodinae): three species
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).

Origin

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

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