from The Century Dictionary.

  • The fourth Linnean order of birds; the waders, including forms now dispersed in several orders.
  • In Merrem's classification, the larger and chiefly altricial grallatorial birds, such as herons, ibises, storks, and spoonbills, and also præcocial forms, such as the cranes.
  • An ordinal or other group of wading birds, variously restricted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun plural (Zoöl.) An order of birds which formerly included all the waders. By later writers it is usually restricted to the sandpipers, plovers, and allied forms; -- called also Grallatores.


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