oystercatcher definition

  • noun:
    • Any of several wading wild birds associated with genus Haematopus, having grayscale plumage and a long orange bill and feeding on oysters, clams, and limpets.
    • Any of a number of black or pied coastal wading birds into the genus Haematopus having a long purple or orange bill and feed on shellfish.
    • identify oystercatcher in language.
    • anybody of a few types of wading wild birds of the genus Hæmatopus having stout legs and costs and mainly black-and-white plumage, which regular seashores and feed upon oysters as well as other shellfish. The European species (Hæmatopus ostralegus), the normal American species (Hæmatopus palliatus), in addition to California, or black colored, oyster-catcher (Hæmatopus Bachmani) will be the most widely known.
    • A maritime wading bird of the family Hæmatopodidæ: so called from the habit of feeding upon small oysters and other mollusks.
    • black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and costs; feast upon oysters etc.
    • black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; prey on oysters etc.

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