surgeon bird
Jacana Jac"a*na`, n. [Cf. Sp. jacania.] (Zo["o]l.) Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus {Jacana} and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their very long, spreading toes. Called also {surgeon bird}. [1913 Webster]

Note: The most common South American species is {Jacana spinosa}. The East Indian or pheasant jacana ({Hydrophasianus chirurgus}) is remarkable for having four very long, curved, middle tail feathers. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • surgeon bird — surgeon bird, a jaçana of the East Indies, having a long tail like a pheasant s, and a white head and white wings …   Useful english dictionary

  • My Big Bird — Infobox Television episode | Title = My Big Bird Series = Scrubs Season = 5 Episode = 8 Guests= Jason Bateman (Mr. Sutton) Travis Schuldt (Keith) Johnny Kastl (Doug) Sam Lloyd (Ted) Tia Easley (Elliot s Intern) James R. McMann (Dr. Terry… …   Wikipedia

  • Charles Brooke (surgeon) — Charles Brooke FRS (1804–1879) was an English surgeon and inventor. Contents 1 Surgical career 2 Inventions 3 Death 4 Automatic registration of instruments by photography …   Wikipedia

  • Hydrophasianus chirurgus — Jacana Jac a*na , n. [Cf. Sp. jacania.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus {Jacana} and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jacana — Jac a*na , n. [Cf. Sp. jacania.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus {Jacana} and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their very… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Jacana spinosa — Jacana Jac a*na , n. [Cf. Sp. jacania.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any of several wading birds belonging to the genus {Jacana} and several allied genera, all of which have spurs on the wings. They are able to run about over floating water weeds by means of their …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Loch Ness Monster — For other uses, see Loch Ness Monster (disambiguation). Nessie redirects here. For other uses, see Nessie (disambiguation). the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie, Niseag[1] …   Wikipedia

  • Health and Disease — ▪ 2009 Introduction Food and Drug Safety.       In 2008 the contamination of infant formula and related dairy products with melamine in China led to widespread health problems in children, including urinary problems and possible renal tube… …   Universalium

  • M*A*S*H (TV series) — M*A*S*H The M*A*S*H title screen (1972–77). Format Medical drama / Dramedy / Situation comedy / Black comedy / S …   Wikipedia

  • List of Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law episodes — This is a list of episodes of the animated television series Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law. The list is in showing order, that is, the order of their first television appearance. Also, before the episode Free Magilla, the creators of Harvey… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”