wading bird
Wader Wad"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, wades. [1913 Webster]

2. (Zo["o]l.) Any long-legged bird that wades in the water in search of food, especially any species of limicoline or grallatorial birds; -- called also {wading bird}. See Illust. g, under {Aves}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Wading bird — Wading Wad ing, a. & n. from {Wade}, v. [1913 Webster] {Wading bird}. (Zo[ o]l.) See {Wader}, 2. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wading bird — n. any of various long legged birds that wade the shallows and marshes for food; esp., any of an order (Ciconiiformes) including the herons, storks, and ibises …   English World dictionary

  • wading bird — UK [ˈweɪdɪŋ ˌbɜː(r)d] / US [ˈweɪdɪŋ ˌbɜrd] noun [countable] Word forms wading bird : singular wading bird plural wading birds any bird with long legs that stands in the water while it hunts for fish …   English dictionary

  • wading bird — n. wader, any long legged bird (heron, egret, flamingo, etc.) that gets its food by wading in water …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wading bird — noun any of many long legged birds that wade in water in search of food • Syn: ↑wader • Derivationally related forms: ↑wade (for: ↑wader) • Hypernyms: ↑aquatic bird …   Useful english dictionary

  • wading bird — wad|ing bird [ weıdıŋ ,bɜrd ] noun count any bird with long legs that stands in the water while it hunts for fish …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wading bird — wad′ing bird n. orn any of various long legged, long billed, and long necked birds that wade in shallow waters for live food, as the crane, heron, ibis, stork, spoonbill, and flamingo • Etymology: 1840–50 …   From formal English to slang

  • wading bird — noun Date: 1840 any of an order (Ciconiiformes) of long legged birds (as herons, bitterns, storks, and ibises) that wade in water in search of food …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wading bird — wader (def. 2). [1840 50] * * * …   Universalium

  • wading bird — noun Any of various long legged birds, of the order Ciconiiformes, such as cranes, herons, or storks, that wade in shallow water in search of food. Syn: wader …   Wiktionary

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