godwit

[god-wit]
noun
  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.

Origin of godwit

First recorded in 1545–55; of obscure origin
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godwit

noun
  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

Word Origin for godwit

C16: of unknown origin
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