One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A very tall long-legged wading bird with a long heavy bill and typically with white and black plumage.
Family Ciconiidae: several genera and species, in particular the white stork (Ciconia ciconia), with black wing tips and a reddish bill and legs, often nesting on tall buildings in Europe
- ‘Extremely cautious birds, black storks only nest in old forests far from humans.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Today, Igor still traipses through swamps - with me in tow - searching for black storks in the reserve, where we both volunteer part-time.’
- ‘The European white stork has a red bill and legs and is regarded as a good omen.’
- ‘Roughly 10 per cent of the country's rare black storks will be made homeless.’
- ‘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 bird life is exquisite, and we saw saddle-billed storks, black vultures, ground hornbills and a number of eagles, among others.’
- ‘They are generally considered among the raptors, yet DNA studies show New World vultures to be ancestrally more closely related to storks.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Jacanas, plover and a variety of storks foraged amongst the tall reeds at the river's edge.’
- ‘Although storks are wading birds, they usually nest in trees.’
- ‘During their visit to the park, the children were amazed at the size of the storks and Sarus Cranes.’
- ‘The carcasses of ospreys, white-tailed sea eagles, deer, black and white storks and herons are also being found.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘A little girl, about the age of Peter, is going on about how a stork brought her mommy's baby.’
- ‘Shannon's mommy told her that babies are delivered by the stork and don't you try and tell her any different.’
- ‘While he never delivered a baby, as storks supposedly do, he was just as dependable, never missing a game in 15 seasons.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I wondered if the stork had dropped the baby off at the wrong house.’
- ‘The stork has paid a visit to Crossard and delivered a baby boy to Kieran and Eileen.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The finishing touch was a sculpture of a 7ft high stork, complete with baby, made by metal artist Peter Robinson.’
- ‘As in the west the stork is associated with bringing babies.’
- ‘That's the Chinese equivalent of the old American tale that babies are dropped off by a stork at expectant parents' homes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is akin to teaching that babies come from storks.’
Old English storc, of Germanic origin; probably related to stark (because of its rigid stance).
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