Definition of painted snipe in English:

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painted snipe

noun

A small long-billed wading bird that has brown plumage with colorful markings.
  • Family Rostratulidae: two species, in particular Rostratula benghalensis of the Old World.
Example sentences
  • You can admire the fine pencilling of plumage, the perfection of colour, design and finish: the plumage of the painted snipe, for example was like finely worked bronze.
  • A female Marsh harrier was chasing a male painted snipe in flight.
  • One species - the greater painted snipe - appears to be the exception proving his rule: only the females are territorial and only they have elongated tracheas.

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Syllabification: paint·ed snipe

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