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limicoline

[lahy-mik-uh-lahyn, -lin]
adjective
  1. shore-inhabiting; of or pertaining to numerous birds of the families Charadriidae, comprising the plovers, and Scolopacidae, comprising the sandpipers.
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Origin of limicoline

1870–75; < New Latin, from the former taxonomic name Limicolae “mud dwellers,” the plural of Late Latin līmicola “a dweller in the mud,” from līmus “mud, slime” (see lime1) + -cola, a combining form meaning “dweller” + -ine1
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Historical Examples of limicoline

  • Its habits on the shore are very similar to those of the other Limicoline species.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • With the present species we exhaust the number of Limicoline birds that nest upon the shore in the British Islands.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • The young of all Limicoline birds are hatched covered with down, and are able to run soon after their breaking from the shell.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • It is rather remarkable how few species of Limicoline birds breed on the British coast-line.

    British Sea Birds

    Charles Dixon

  • It also, Rail-like, frequently alights on trees and fences, a habit I have not remarked in any other Limicoline species.


British Dictionary definitions for limicoline

limicoline

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Charadrii, a suborder of birds containing the plovers, sandpipers, snipes, oystercatchers, avocets, etc
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Word Origin for limicoline

C19: from New Latin Limicolae former name of order, from Latin līmus mud + colere to inhabit
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