- any of several long-billed, snipelike shore birds of North America and Asia, especially Limnodromus griseus.
Origin of dowitcher
1835–45, Americanism; perhaps < N Iroquoian; compare Mohawk tawístawis snipe
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Examples from the Web for dowitcher
Other shorebirds that eat leaf-beetles are the Wilson phalarope and dowitcher.Our Vanishing Wild Life
William T. Hornaday
This species of the dowitcher is a western bird, breeding well to the north and migrating south to Mexico.
Though not of the same genus, the closet relative to the Wilson snipe is the dowitcher or red-breasted snipe.
The range of the Dowitcher is limited to the eastern part of North America.
It might be confused with the dowitcher, but the flight, notes, and usual haunts of the latter are different.Life Histories of North American Shore Birds, Part 1 (of 2)
Arthur Cleveland Bent
- either of two snipelike shore birds, Limnodromus griseus or L. scolopaceus, of arctic and subarctic North America: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
C19: of Iroquoian origin
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