[ 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.
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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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