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  1. any of several large, widely distributed shorebirds of the genus Limosa, as the New World L. haemastica (Hudsonian godwit), having a long bill that curves upward slightly.
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Origin of godwit

First recorded in 1545–55; of obscure origin
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Historical Examples of godwit

  • It somewhat resembles the godwit in coloring, but it is more of a grayish tinge.

    Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast

    Harry Thom Payne

  • Its shorter bill—not over two and a half inches in length—will always distinguish it from the godwit.

  • The food of this Godwit consists of worms, crustaceans, molluscs, and similar marine creatures.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • Very similar in appearance to our Hudsonian Godwit, which is frequently called by the name of this species.

    The Bird Book

    Chester A. Reed

  • The bird combines the characteristics of the Curlew and the Godwit, the bill being recurved.

British Dictionary definitions for godwit


  1. any large shore bird of the genus Limosa, of northern and arctic regions, having long legs and a long upturned bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
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Word Origin for godwit

C16: of unknown origin
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