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Any of various large shorebirds of the genus Limosa, having a long, slender, slightly upturned bill.

[Origin unknown.]


(Animals) any large shore bird of the genus Limosa, of northern and arctic regions, having long legs and a long upturned bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
[C16: of unknown origin]


(ˈgɒd wɪt)

any shorebird of the cosmopolitan genus Limosa, having a long bill that curves upward.
[1545–55; orig. uncertain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.godwit - large wading bird that resembles a curlewgodwit - large wading bird that resembles a curlew; has a long slightly upturned bill
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
genus Limosa, Limosa - godwits
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Other UK birds have been added to the near threatened list - including oystercatchers, lapwings, know, curlew sandpiper and bar-tailed godwit - and join species already listed such as the black-tailed godwit and curlew.
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A young girl learns from her grandmother about the tenacious and resilient godwit birds, whose regular migration flights take them to many different nations in search of food.
Black-tailed Godwit Picture: MIKE NESBIT Unfortunately the stronghold on the Shannon Callows in Ireland has seen similarly big losses this year due to high water levels.
The portrait of a black-tailed godwit standing one-legged on a post won 10-year-old Sophie Bramall from Stafford the under-12s category of the RSPCA Young Photographer Awards.
The bird in question is the bar-tailed Godwit - one of the Australian birds which flew to Alaska without stopping to feed, flying for an astonishing 7,256 miles.
The black-tailed godwit has just 50 breeding pairs and has seen numbers decline by a third in the past 15 years.
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