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or oys·ter catch·er

  1. any of several long-billed wading birds of the genus Haematopus that have chiefly black-and-white plumage and that feed on oysters, clams, mussels, etc.
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Origin of oystercatcher

An Americanism dating back to 1725–35; oyster + catcher
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Examples from the Web for oystercatcher

Historical Examples

  • There is an Oystercatcher and also a few of the eggs in the Museum.

    Birds of Guernsey (1879)

    Cecil Smith

  • The Oystercatcher breeds in Guernsey itself about the cliffs.

British Dictionary definitions for oystercatcher


  1. any shore bird of the genus Haematopus and family Haematopodidae, having a black or black-and-white plumage and a long stout laterally compressed red bill
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