dowitcher definition

  • noun:
    • Either of two shore wild birds (Limnodromus griseus or L. scolopaceus) of north areas, having brown plumage and a lengthy, right bill.
    • some of three long-legged and long-billed migratory wading wild birds in genus Limnodromus of the household Scolopacidae.
    • The red-breasted or gray snipe (Macrorhamphus griseus); -- called additionally brownback, and grayback.
    • The red-breasted or gray-backed snipe, Macrorhamphus griseus: a popular and now a book name for this species, which was previously locally (Long Island and vicinity) called German or Dutch snipe, to tell apart it through the so-called English snipe, Gallinago wilsoni.
    • shorebird regarding the sandpiper family members that resembles a snipe

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