Stilt plover
Stilt Stilt, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta, LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E. stout.] 1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is sometimes lashed to the leg, and sometimes prolonged upward so as to be steadied by the hand or arm. [1913 Webster]

Ambition is but avarice on stilts, and masked. --Landor. [1913 Webster]

2. A crutch; also, the handle of a plow. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

3. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds belonging to {Himantopus} and allied genera, in which the legs are remarkably long and slender. Called also {longshanks}, {stiltbird}, {stilt plover}, and {lawyer}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The American species ({Himantopus Mexicanus}) is well known. The European and Asiatic stilt ({H. candidus}) is usually white, except the wings and interscapulars, which are greenish black. The white-headed stilt ({H. leucocephalus}) and the banded stilt ({Cladorhynchus pectoralis}) are found in Australia. [1913 Webster]

{Stilt plover} (Zo["o]l.), the stilt.

{Stilt sandpiper} (Zo["o]l.), an American sandpiper ({Micropalama himantopus}) having long legs. The bill is somewhat expanded at the tip. [1913 Webster]


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  • stilt plover — Stilt Stilt, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta, LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E. stout.] 1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stilt plover — noun long legged three toed black and white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons • Syn: ↑stilt, ↑stiltbird, ↑longlegs, ↑long legs, ↑Himantopus stilt • Hypernyms: ↑shorebird, ↑shore bird, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Stilt — Stilt, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta, LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E. stout.] 1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is sometimes… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stilt sandpiper — Stilt Stilt, n. [OE. stilte; akin to Dan. stylte, Sw. stylta, LG. & D. stelt, OHG. stelza, G. stelze, and perh. to E. stout.] 1. A pole, or piece of wood, constructed with a step or loop to raise the foot above the ground in walking. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Stilt sandpiper — Sandpiper Sand pi per, n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of small limicoline game birds belonging to {Tringa}, {Actodromas}, {Ereunetes}, and various allied genera of the family {Tringid[ae]}. [1913 Webster] Note: The most important… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stilt — n. Stilt bird, long legged plover (Himantopus melanopterus) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • black-necked stilt — noun stilt of southwestern United States to northern South America having black plumage extending from the head down the back of the neck • Syn: ↑Himantopus mexicanus • Hypernyms: ↑stilt, ↑stiltbird, ↑longlegs, ↑long legs, ↑stilt plover, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • black-winged stilt — noun stilt of Europe and Africa and Asia having mostly white plumage but with black wings • Syn: ↑Himantopus himantopus • Hypernyms: ↑stilt, ↑stiltbird, ↑longlegs, ↑long legs, ↑stilt plover, ↑Himantopus stilt …   Useful english dictionary

  • Himantopus stilt — noun long legged three toed black and white wading bird of inland ponds and marshes or brackish lagoons • Syn: ↑stilt, ↑stiltbird, ↑longlegs, ↑long legs, ↑stilt plover • Hypernyms: ↑shorebird, ↑shore bird, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • white-headed stilt — noun stilt of the southwest Pacific including Australia and New Zealand having mostly white plumage but with black wings and nape of neck • Syn: ↑Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus • Hypernyms: ↑stilt, ↑stiltbird, ↑longlegs, ↑long legs, ↑stilt… …   Useful english dictionary

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