crocodile bird definition

  • noun:
    • A black and white African bird (Pluvianus aegyptius) this is certainly about the plover and feeds on bugs that parasitize crocodiles.
    • The Egyptian plover, Pluvianus aegyptius
    • an African plover (Pluvianus ægypticus) which alights upon the crocodile and devours its insect parasites, even entering its open mouth (according to reliable writers) in pursuit of files, etc.; -- called also Nile bird. It is the trochilos of ancient writers.
    • A name of Egyptian black-headed plover, Pluvianus œgyptius, one of many plovers that have been supposed to reply to the trochilus of Herodotus: so called from its connection with all the crocodile. See cut under Pluvianus.
    • African courser that feeds on pest parasites on crocodiles

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