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Any of several shorebirds of the genus Limnodromus that breed in far northern latitudes and have brownish plumage and a long straight bill.
[Perhaps from Mohawk tawístawis, snipe.]
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(Animals) either of two snipelike shore birds, Limnodromus griseus or L. scolopaceus, of arctic and subarctic North America: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
[C19: of Iroquoian origin]
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dow•itch•er(ˈdaʊ ɪtʃ ər)
any of several long-billed snipelike shorebirds of North America and Asia, esp. Limnodromus griseus.
[1835–45, Amer.; perhaps < N Iroquoian; compare Mohawk tawístawis snipe]
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|Noun||1.||dowitcher - shorebird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe|
snipe - Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
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