[ fal-uh-rohp ]
/ ˈfæl əˌroʊp /


any of three species of small, aquatic birds of the family Phalaropodidae, resembling sandpipers but having lobate toes.

Origin of phalarope

1770–80; < French < New Latin Phalaropus genus name < Greek phalār(ís) coot + -o- -o- + -pous -footed; see -pod Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for phalarope

/ (ˈfæləˌrəʊp) /


any aquatic shore bird of the family Phalaropidae, such as Phalaropus fulicarius (grey phalarope), of northern oceans and lakes, having a long slender bill and lobed toes: order Charadriiformes

Word Origin for phalarope

C18: via French from New Latin Phalaropus, from Greek phalaris coot + pous foot
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