grallæ definition

  • noun-plural:
    • An order of birds which previously included most of the waders. By later writers most commonly it is limited to the sandpipers, plovers, and allied types; -- called also Grallatores.
  • others:
    • The 4th Linnean order of birds; the waders, including kinds today dispersed in many orders.
    • In Merrem's category, the more expensive and mainly altricial grallatorial wild birds, such herons, ibises, storks, and spoonbills, and also præcocial kinds, such as the cranes.
    • An ordinal or other group of wading wild birds, variously limited.

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