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Any of several long-legged shorebirds of the genus Recurvirostra, characterized by a long, slender, upturned beak.

[French avocette, from New Latin avocetta, misspelling of avosetta, from Italian, from Venetian, probably from Vulgar Latin *avis sitta : Latin avis, bird; see awi- in Indo-European roots + Greek sittē, a kind of woodpecker or nuthatch (probably of onomatopoeic origin and imitative of the bird's sound).]
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(Animals) any of several long-legged shore birds of the genus Recurvirostra, such as the European R. avosetta, having black-and-white plumage and a long upward-curving bill: family Recurvirostridae, order Charadriiformes
[C18: from French avocette, from Italian avocetta, of uncertain origin]
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(ˈæv əˌsɛt)

any of several long-legged shorebirds of the genus Recurvirostra, of both the Old and New Worlds, having a long, slender, upward-curving bill.
[1760–70; < French avocette, probably erroneous sp. for New Latin avosetta < Italian < Venetian]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avocet - long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving billavocet - long-legged web-footed black-and-white shorebird with slender upward-curving bill
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
genus Recurvirostra, Recurvirostra - type genus of the Recurvirostridae: avocets
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