[ turn-stohn ]
/ ˈtɜrnˌstoʊn /


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

Origin of turnstone

First recorded in 1665–75; turn + stone
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/ (ˈtɜːnˌstəʊn) /


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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