turnstone

[turn-stohn]
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noun

any shorebird of the genus Arenaria, characterized by the habit of turning over stones in search of food.
British. ruddy turnstone.

Nearby words

  1. turnpike,
  2. turnround,
  3. turnsole,
  4. turnspit,
  5. turnstile,
  6. turntable,
  7. turntable ladder,
  8. turntablist,
  9. turnup,
  10. turnverein

Origin of turnstone

First recorded in 1665–75; turn + stone

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British Dictionary definitions for turnstone

turnstone

noun

either of two shore birds of the genus Arenaria, esp A. interpres (ruddy turnstone). They are related and similar to plovers and sandpipers

Word Origin for turnstone

C17: so called because it turns over stones in search of food

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