oyster catcher
oystercatcher oystercatcher, oyster catcher oyster catcher . (Zo["o]l.), Any one of several species of wading birds of the genus {H[ae]matopus} having stout legs and bill and mostly black-and-white plumage, which frequent seashores and feed upon oysters and other shellfish. The European species ({H[ae]matopus ostralegus}), the common American species ({H[ae]matopus palliatus}), and the California, or black, oyster catcher ({H[ae]matopus Bachmani}) are the best known.

Syn: oyster plover. [1913 Webster]


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  • Oyster catcher — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oyster catcher — noun black and white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc. • Syn: ↑oystercatcher • Hypernyms: ↑shorebird, ↑shore bird, ↑limicoline bird • Member Holonyms: ↑Haematopus, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster-catcher — jūršarkės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Haematopus angl. oyster catcher vok. Austernfischer, m rus. кулик сорока, m pranc. huîtrier, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – jūršarkiniai siauresnis terminas – amerikinė jūršarkė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • oyster-catcher — oysˈter catcher noun A black and white wading bird, with red bill and feet, feeding on limpets and mussels (not oysters), also known as the sea pie • • • Main Entry: ↑oyster …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster catcher — n. shore bird who feeds on oysters and worms …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oyster-catcher — noun (C) a black and white bird that eats shellfish …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • black oyster catcher — noun : a blackish brown oyster catcher (Haematopus bachmani) of the Pacific coast of No. America …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oyster — Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Ostrea …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster bed — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster crab — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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