any shorebird of the genus Arenaria, characterized by the habit of turning over stones in search of food.
Origin of turnstone
First recorded in 1665–75; turn
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Examples from the Web for turnstone
Historical Examples of turnstone
This peculiarity has gained for the Turnstone its trivial name.
The Turnstone changes its haunts but little during the breeding season.
The Turnstone is a restless 88 little creature, ever on the run in quest of food.
The stout, short-legged Turnstone is the most cosmopolitan of birds.
The Turnstone belongs to a fourth family, but it is a very small one.
British Dictionary definitions for turnstone
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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