Definition of May-bird in English:

May-bird

noun

  • 1US the bobolink, Dolichonyx oryzivorus.

  • 2The whimbrel, Numenius phaeopus.

  • 3US the knot, Calidris canutus.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in William Bartram (1739–1823), botanist and ornithologist.