Hudsonian godwit

[ huhd-soh-nee-uh n ]
/ hʌdˈsoʊ ni ən /


See under godwit.

Origin of Hudsonian godwit

First recorded in 1855–60; Hudson (Bay) + -ian

Definition for hudsonian godwit (2 of 2)


[ god-wit ]
/ ˈgɒd wɪt /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for hudsonian godwit


/ (ˈɡɒdwɪt) /


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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