phalarope definition

  • noun:
    • Any of a few little wading wild birds of this family Phalaropodidae, resembling sandpipers but having lobed toes that make it possible for all of them to swim.
    • any one of three tiny wading wild birds when you look at the genus Phalaropus, regarding the family members Scolopacidae, which have lobed toes.
    • Any species of Phalaropus and allied genera of small wading birds (Grallæ), having lobate toes. They are often seen far from land, swimming in large flocks. Called also sea goose.
    • A small wading bird associated with household Phalaropodidæ, having lobate feet.
    • little sandpiper-like shorebird having lobate toes and being great swimmers; type in Arctic and winter in the tropics

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