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limicoline

[lahy-mik-uh-lahyn, -lin] /laɪˈmɪk əˌlaɪn, -lɪn/
adjective
1.
shore-inhabiting; of or pertaining to numerous birds of the families Charadriidae, comprising the plovers, and Scolopacidae, comprising the sandpipers.
Origin of limicoline
1870-1875
1870-75; < New Latin, from the former taxonomic name Limicolae “mud dwellers,” the plural of Late Latin līmicola “a dweller in the mud,” from līmus “mud, slime” (see lime1) + -cola, a combining form meaning “dweller” + -ine1
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  • Its habits on the shore are very similar to those of the other limicoline species.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • With the present species we exhaust the number of limicoline birds that nest upon the shore in the British Islands.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It is rather remarkable how few species of limicoline birds breed on the British coast-line.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The young of all limicoline birds are hatched covered with down, and are able to run soon after their breaking from the shell.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • It also, Rail-like, frequently alights on trees and fences, a habit I have not remarked in any other limicoline species.

British Dictionary definitions for limicoline

limicoline

/laɪˈmɪkəˌlaɪn; -lɪn/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Charadrii, a suborder of birds containing the plovers, sandpipers, snipes, oystercatchers, avocets, etc
Word Origin
C19: from New Latin Limicolae former name of order, from Latin līmus mud + colere to inhabit
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