from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An oxbiter or oxpecker; an African bird of the family Buphagidæ (which see).
  • noun A weaver-bird, Textor alector.
  • noun The dunlin, Pelidna alphina or Tringa variabilis, a kind of sandpiper.
  • noun The sanderling, Calidris arenaria.

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

  • noun The dunlin.
  • noun The sanderling.
  • noun An African weaver bird (Textor alector).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The dunlin.
  • noun The sanderling.
  • noun An African weaverbird (Textor alector).


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  • On landing, we could see the tracks of some barefooted people, who had been there not long before, for their foe was still burning; yet we could see no people, nor any living creature, except a fowl called oxbird, being a grey sea-bird, in colour like a _snipe_, but different in the beak.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 08 Robert Kerr 1784


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