[ limp-kin ]
/ ˈlɪmp kɪn /


a large, loud-voiced, wading bird, Aramus guarauna, intermediate in size and character between the cranes and the rails, of the warmer regions of America.

Origin of limpkin

1870–75, Americanism; limp1 + -kin; so called because of its jerky walk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for limpkin

  • They can run rapidly, having a peculiar mincing gait, that is said to have given them the name of Limpkin.

    Bird Guide|Chester A. Reed
  • The Limpkin is a singular inhabitant of the more retired Florida swamps.

British Dictionary definitions for limpkin

/ (ˈlɪmpkɪn) /


a rail-like wading bird, Aramus guarauna, of tropical American marshes, having dark brown plumage with white markings and a wailing cry: order Gruiformes (cranes, rails, etc)Also called: courlan

Word Origin for limpkin

C19: named from its awkward gait
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