Definition of stork in English:

stork

noun

  • 1A very tall long-legged wading bird with a long heavy bill and typically with white and black plumage.

    • ‘The bird life is exquisite, and we saw saddle-billed storks, black vultures, ground hornbills and a number of eagles, among others.’
    • ‘Although storks are wading birds, they usually nest in trees.’
    • ‘Both sexes of white storks and black kites look alike, so gender was determined by molecular procedures using DNA extracted from the cellular fraction of a few drops of blood.’
    • ‘These forests are home to rare animals like the black stork, vultures and the Spanish Imperial eagle who depend on the rich diversity of these cork oak forests.’
    • ‘The carcasses of ospreys, white-tailed sea eagles, deer, black and white storks and herons are also being found.’
    • ‘Forest wagtails, fly catchers, black crested buzzard, open billed storks and egrets are some of the migratory birds one can sight at the Guindy National Park during winter.’
    • ‘Jacanas, plover and a variety of storks foraged amongst the tall reeds at the river's edge.’
    • ‘During their visit to the park, the children were amazed at the size of the storks and Sarus Cranes.’
    • ‘Extremely cautious birds, black storks only nest in old forests far from humans.’
    • ‘Other migratory birds observed in the shallow waters were bar headed geese, open bill storks, northern pintails, gadwalls, curlews, black tailed godwits, spoonbills, green shanks, red shanks and so on.’
    • ‘In the next decade, Igor would find a hundred black stork nests and observe as many as 24 breeding pairs a year - more than the number of black storks in all of France.’
    • ‘The European white stork has a red bill and legs and is regarded as a good omen.’
    • ‘Today, Igor still traipses through swamps - with me in tow - searching for black storks in the reserve, where we both volunteer part-time.’
    • ‘Although kingfishers, bee eaters, storks, dragonflies, mosquitoes and ants are all part of his photographic repertoire, the wary hoopoe has been dodging his lens for years.’
    • ‘Today, thanks to the efforts of white stork enthusiasts throughout the bird's European range, the white stork populations are stabilizing and in some areas even recovering.’
    • ‘The black stork, black vulture, and endangered Spanish imperial eagle, of which only 130 pairs remain worldwide, are among the 42 species of birds that depend on the cork woodlands.’
    • ‘They are generally considered among the raptors, yet DNA studies show New World vultures to be ancestrally more closely related to storks.’
    • ‘Roughly 10 per cent of the country's rare black storks will be made homeless.’
    • ‘Hunan is home to a variety of rare animals such as the South China tiger, the white stork and the sheldrake, which are protected in the national reserve areas.’
    • ‘It is an important wintering ground for European migratory birds such as the white stork, the lesser kestrel, the Eurasian golden oriole, the Eurasian cuckoo and other wading birds.’
    1. 1.1 The white stork as the supposed bringer of newborn babies.
      • ‘Congratulations to Michael & Mary, who had a visit from the stork during the week with the arrival of their new baby son Declan.’
      • ‘This is akin to teaching that babies come from storks.’
      • ‘That's the Chinese equivalent of the old American tale that babies are dropped off by a stork at expectant parents' homes.’
      • ‘I wondered if the stork had dropped the baby off at the wrong house.’
      • ‘The finishing touch was a sculpture of a 7ft high stork, complete with baby, made by metal artist Peter Robinson.’
      • ‘While he never delivered a baby, as storks supposedly do, he was just as dependable, never missing a game in 15 seasons.’
      • ‘You can use plastic ornaments and toys as your cake decoration, such as umbrellas, storks, bassinets, baby bottles, sports figure dells and newborn baby dolls.’
      • ‘It is such as they, in most cases, who still believe the story of the stork which brings babies because of the consequences of a kiss.’
      • ‘Shannon's mommy told her that babies are delivered by the stork and don't you try and tell her any different.’
      • ‘A little girl, about the age of Peter, is going on about how a stork brought her mommy's baby.’
      • ‘It assumes we haven't evolved from those kindergarten days when we believed in the tooth fairy and in the stork as the source of babies.’
      • ‘There is a reason for these statistics and it's not that the stork is going mad and dropping babies off in the wrong places, it is that teenagers are having unprotected sex.’
      • ‘Children throughout Europe and America are taught that the stork delivers newborns to their mothers and according to some traditions the stork can cause a woman to become pregnant merely by looking at her.’
      • ‘As in the west the stork is associated with bringing babies.’
      • ‘The stork has paid a visit to Crossard and delivered a baby boy to Kieran and Eileen.’

Origin

Old English storc, of Germanic origin; probably related to stark (because of its rigid stance).

Pronunciation

stork

/stɔːk/