Godwit God"wit (g[o^]d"w[i^]t), n. [Prob. from AS. g[=o]d good + wiht creature, wight.] (Zo["o]l.) One of several species of long-billed, wading birds of the genus {Limosa}, and family {Tringid[ae]}. The European black-tailed godwit ({Limosa limosa}), the American marbled godwit ({Limosa fedoa}), the Hudsonian godwit ({Limosa h[ae]mastica}), and others, are valued as game birds. Called also {godwin}. [1913 Webster]

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  • godwit — [gäd′wit] n. [orig. prob. echoic of cry] any of a genus (Limosa, family Scolopacidae) of brownish shorebirds with a long bill that curves slightly upward …   English World dictionary

  • Godwit — Taxobox name = Godwits image caption = Bar tailed Godwit Limosa lapponica regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Scolopacidae genus = Limosa genus authority = Brisson, 1760 subdivision ranks = Species… …   Wikipedia

  • godwit — /god wit/, n. any of several large, widely distributed shorebirds of the genus Limosa, as the New World L. haemastica (Hudsonian godwit), having a long bill that curves upward slightly. [1545 55; of obscure orig.] * * * ▪ bird  any of four… …   Universalium

  • godwit — /ˈgɒdwɪt / (say godwit) noun any of several large shorebirds of the genus Limosa, all with long, slightly up curved bills, two species of which, the bar tailed godwit, Limosa lapponica, and the black tailed godwit, Limosa limosa, regularly… …   Australian English dictionary

  • godwit — griciukai statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Limosa angl. godwit rus. веретенник, m pranc. barge, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – kuolingos siauresnis terminas – kanadinis griciukas siauresnis terminas – laplandinis griciukas …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • godwit — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1552 any of a genus (Limosa) of shorebirds that are related to the curlews and sandpipers and have a long slender slightly upturned or straight bill …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • godwit — noun /ˈɡɒdwɪt/lang=en Any of four species of long billed, migratory wading birds in the genus Limosa, of the family Scolopacidae. Syn: yarwhelp, yarwip …   Wiktionary

  • godwit — n. large wading bird with a long bill and long leggs …   English contemporary dictionary

  • godwit — noun a large, long legged wader with a long straight or slightly upcurved bill. [Genus Limosa: four species.] Origin C16: of unknown origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • godwit — god·wit …   English syllables

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