Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


wading birds, Modern Latin, from Latin grallotores "stilt-walkers," plural of grallator, from grallae "stilts," ultimately from stem of gradi "to walk, go" (see grade (n.)). Related: Grallatorial (1835).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for grallatores
Historical Examples
  • Abundance of water makes the provinces of Shoa a favourite place of resort to many species of grallatores.

    The Highlands of Ethiopia William Cornwallis Harris
  • This arrangement is constant in grallatores (wading birds), gallinaceæ (domestic fowls), and raptores (birds of prey).

  • Of the thirty species of grallatores the most remarkable is the emu.

  • There is also an ornithological museum, with some very fine specimens of the order of grallatores (or waders).

    A Week's Tramp in Dickens-Land William R. Hughes
  • It woke the grallatores of the swamp—the qua-bird, the curlews, and the tall blue herons—who screamed in concert.

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
  • In certain anatomical points, and especially 383 in their habits, the Brevipenn differ greatly from the other grallatores.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier

Word of the Day

Word Value for grallatores

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for grallatores