Share this entry

Share this page

turnstone

Line breaks: turn|stone
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnstəʊn
 
/

Definition of turnstone in English:

noun

A small short-billed wading bird of the sandpiper family that turns over stones to feed on small animals beneath them.
Example sentences
  • Knots and turnstones are both medium-sized waders that inhabit intertidal coastal areas outside the breeding season.
  • Active foragers, turnstones are best known for their habit of turning over objects and eating the food underneath.
  • Knots and turnstones arrive at Alert in late May through early June, when the weather is cold and unpredictable and food resources scarce.

Definition of turnstone in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rɪˈzɪlɪənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…