Definition of pratincole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpratɪŋkəʊl/


A long-winged fork-tailed insectivorous bird related to the plovers, resembling a swallow in flight and typically living near water.
  • Genus Glareola (and Stiltia), family Glareolidae: several species, in particular G. pratincola of Africa and the Mediterranean.
Example sentences
  • Its head looked more jaeger-like than anything, and I wondered whether it was a pratincole.


Late 18th century: from modern Latin pratincola, from Latin pratum 'meadow' + incola 'inhabitant'.

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