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Either of two shorebirds of the genus Arenaria, especially the ruddy turnstone.

[So called because the birds turn stones over to expose small invertebrates on which they feed.]


(Animals) either of two shore birds of the genus Arenaria, esp A. interpres (ruddy turnstone). They are related and similar to plovers and sandpipers
[C17: so called because it turns over stones in search of food]



any of several shorebirds of the genus Arenaria, of the sandpiper family, having a slender, upturned bill used for turning over pebbles in search of food.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turnstone - migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for foodturnstone - migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for food
plover - any of numerous chiefly shorebirds of relatively compact build having straight bills and large pointed wings; closely related to the sandpipers
Arenaria, genus Arenaria - turnstones
Arenaria interpres, ruddy turnstone - common Arctic turnstone that winters in South America and Australia
Arenaria-Melanocephala, black turnstone - common turnstone of the Pacific coast of North America
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