water ouzel


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water ouzel

n.
See dipper.

water ouzel

n
(Animals) another name for dipper2

dip•per

(ˈdɪp ər)

n.
1. a cuplike container with a long handle, used for dipping.
2. Also called water ouzel. any small, stocky diving bird of the family Cinclidae, related to the thrushes, esp. Cinclus aquaticus of Europe and C. mexicanus of W North America, frequenting streams and rivers.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.water ouzel - small stocky diving bird without webbed feetwater ouzel - small stocky diving bird without webbed feet; frequents fast-flowing streams and feeds along the bottom
oscine, oscine bird - passerine bird having specialized vocal apparatus
Cinclidae, family Cinclidae - water ouzels
Cinclus aquaticus, European water ouzel - a water ouzel of Europe
American water ouzel, Cinclus mexicanus - a water ouzel of western North America
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Go early in the morning, and you might spot a small grayish bird called a water ouzel feeding along the creek bottom.
Formerly known as the water ouzel, this bird was rechristened by ornithologists several years ago because of its curious habit of dipping-bending and straightening its knees.
The American dipper, called the water ouzel in England, is indeed singular: It is America's only aquatic songbird, at home darting about in the air or walking on the bottom of a frothy stream looking for food.