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avocet

[ av-uh-set ]
/ ˈæv əˌsɛt /
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noun

any of several long-legged, web-footed shorebirds constituting the genus Recurvirostra, having a long, slender, upward-curving bill.

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Origin of avocet

1760–70; <French avocette, probably erroneous spelling for New Latin avosetta<Italian <Upper Italian (< Venetian)
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British Dictionary definitions for avocet

avocet
/ (ˈævəˌsɛt) /

noun

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
C18: from French avocette, from Italian avocetta, of uncertain origin
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