- any of several long-legged, web-footed shorebirds constituting the genus Recurvirostra, having a long, slender, upward-curving bill.
Origin of avocet
Examples from the Web for avocet
Historical Examples of avocet
Witness the experience of the Avocet on her voyage from Rotterdam.The Fleets Behind the Fleet
W. MacNeile (William MacNeile) Dixon
The Australian Avocet is one species of a cosmopolitan genus.
The American avocet breeds from Washington southward and spends its winters from central California south.Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast
Harry Thom Payne
The Avocet's bill is sharply curved upwards, and is one of the most remarkable of such organs.
The web-footed birds are either long-legged, as the flamingo and avocet, or furnished with short legs.Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnus
- any of several long-legged shore birds of the genus Recurvirostra, such as the European R. avosetta, having black-and-white plumage and a long upward-curving bill: family Recurvirostridae, order Charadriiformes