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pratincole

[ prat-ing-kohl, prat-n- ]
/ ˈpræt ɪŋˌkoʊl, ˈpræt n- /
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noun

any of several limicoline birds of the genus Glareola, of the Eastern Hemisphere, having a short bill, long, narrow, pointed wings, and a forked tail.

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Origin of pratincole

<New Latin Pratincola (1756) genus name, equivalent to Latin prāt(um) meadow + incola inhabitant (see in-2, -colous)
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British Dictionary definitions for pratincole

pratincole
/ (ˈprætɪŋˌkəʊl, ˈpreɪ-) /

noun

any of various swallow-like shore birds of the southern Old World genus Glareola and related genera, esp G. pratincola, having long pointed wings, short legs, and a short bill: family Glareolidae, order Charadriiformes
C18: from New Latin pratincola field-dwelling, from Latin prātum meadow + incola inhabitant
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