Plotus anhinga
Snakebird Snake"bird`, n. [So named from its snakelike neck.] (Zo["o]l.) 1. Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus {Anhinga} or {Plotus}. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills. [1913 Webster]

Note: The American species ({Anhinga anhinga} syn. {Plotus anhinga}) inhabits the Southern United States and tropical America; -- called also {darter}, and {water turkey}. The Asiatic species ({Anhinga melanogaster}) is native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Two other species inhabit Africa and Australia respectively. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) The wryneck. [1913 Webster]


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