scissorsbill
Cutwater Cut"wa`ter (k[u^]t"w[add]`t[~e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship's prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster]

2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order better to resist the action of water, ice, etc.; the sharpened upper end of the pier itself. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) A sea bird of the Atlantic ({Rhynchops nigra}); -- called also {black skimmer}, {scissorsbill}, and {razorbill}. See {Skimmer}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Scissorsbill — Scis sors*bill , n. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Skimmer}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • scissorsbill — n. any of several species of sea bird which captures food by skimming the surface of the water with its long beak, skimmer …   English contemporary dictionary

  • scissorsbill — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: by alteration : scissorbill 2 …   Useful english dictionary

  • black skimmer — Cutwater Cut wa ter (k[u^]t w[add] t[ e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship s prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster] 2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cutwater — Cut wa ter (k[u^]t w[add] t[ e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship s prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster] 2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order better to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • razorbill — Cutwater Cut wa ter (k[u^]t w[add] t[ e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship s prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster] 2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Rhynchops nigra — Cutwater Cut wa ter (k[u^]t w[add] t[ e]r), n. (Naut.) 1. The fore part of a ship s prow, which cuts the water. [1913 Webster] 2. A starling or other structure attached to the pier of a bridge, with an angle or edge directed up stream, in order… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • skimmer — skim·mer || skɪmÉ™(r) n. utensil used to remove matter floating on the surface of a liquid; any of several species of sea bird which captures food by skimming the surface of the water with its long beak, scissorsbill …   English contemporary dictionary

  • skimmers — skim·mer || skɪmÉ™(r) n. utensil used to remove matter floating on the surface of a liquid; any of several species of sea bird which captures food by skimming the surface of the water with its long beak, scissorsbill …   English contemporary dictionary

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