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water bird

noun

  1. an aquatic bird; a swimming or wading bird.


water bird

noun

  1. any aquatic bird, including the wading and swimming birds


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Word History and Origins

Origin of water bird1

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
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Example Sentences

Practitioners of this centuries-old ritual deploy trained cormorants—surface-diving water birds renowned for their fish-catching skills.

Predators such as eagles and owls that feast on those water birds also get poisoned.

This study shows one way that water birds may disperse fish, she says.

The cry of a water-bird broke shrilly on the silence of the night, and made us feel less lonely.

Another curious case which came under my notice was that of a small water bird.

Presently a white water-bird dropped from the blue sky, and rocked to and fro upon the water of the river.

A large black water-bird was slowly flying up stream, and a flock of wild pigeons hovered over the opposite cliff.

In fact, he was a natural water-bird, almost as much so as a duck.

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