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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.
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|Noun||1.||turnstone - 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 interpres, ruddy turnstone - common Arctic turnstone that winters in South America and Australia