crocodile bird
noun Date: 1868 an African bird (Pluvianus aegyptius) that is related to the pratincoles and lights on the crocodile and eats its insect parasites

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  • Crocodile bird — Crocodile Croc o*dile (kr[o^]k [ o]*d[imac]l; 277), n. [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. {Cookatrice}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large reptile of the genus {Crocodilus}, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • crocodile bird — n. a small African courser (Pluvianus aegyptius) which feeds on insects that are often parasites on the crocodile …   English World dictionary

  • crocodile bird — an African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, that often sits upon basking crocodiles and feeds on their insect parasites. [1865 70] * * * ▪ bird  (Pluvianus aegyptius; see photograph >), shorebird belonging to the family Glareolidae (order… …   Universalium

  • crocodile bird — croc′odile bird n. orn a short legged African courser, Pluvianus aegyptius, inhabiting sandy riverbanks and lake shores • Etymology: 1865–70 …   From formal English to slang

  • crocodile bird — /ˈkrɒkədaɪl bɜd/ (say krokuhduyl berd) noun an African plover, Pluvianus aegyptius, which often sits upon basking crocodiles and feeds on their insect parasites …   Australian English dictionary

  • crocodile bird — noun African courser that feeds on insect parasites on crocodiles • Syn: ↑Pluvianus aegyptius • Hypernyms: ↑courser • Member Holonyms: ↑Pluvianus, ↑genus Pluvianus …   Useful english dictionary

  • The Crocodile Bird — infobox Book | name = The Crocodile Bird title orig = translator = image caption = author = Ruth Rendell cover artist = country = United Kingdom language = English series = genre = Crime/Mystery novel publisher = Hutchinson release date = 2… …   Wikipedia

  • Crocodile — Croc o*dile (kr[o^]k [ o]*d[imac]l; 277), n. [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. {Cookatrice}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large reptile of the genus {Crocodilus}, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or eighteen feet,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Crocodile tears — Crocodile Croc o*dile (kr[o^]k [ o]*d[imac]l; 277), n. [L. crocodilus, Gr. kroko deilos: cf. F. crocodile. Cf. {Cookatrice}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) A large reptile of the genus {Crocodilus}, of several species. They grow to the length of sixteen or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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