Definition of avocet in English:

avocet

noun

  • A long-legged wading bird with a slender upturned bill and strikingly patterned plumage.

    • ‘There are herons, ducks, geese, ospreys, eagles, vultures, pelicans, gulls, plovers, avocets, storks, francolins, guinea fowls and many more.’
    • ‘Shorebirds, for those of you who want to know but are afraid to ask, comprise many families of birds, including oystercatchers, stilts, avocets, plovers, turnstones, sandpipers and phalaropes.’
    • ‘Currently, visitors to the flats are likely to see sandpipers, avocets, oystercatchers, godwits, dowitchers, plovers and other shorebirds on their way south.’
    • ‘Virtually every conservation body in the land controls foxes to stop predation of a range of birds from terns to avocets to grey partridges.’
    • ‘Birders can watch migratory species such as endangered clapper rails, dowitchers, and American avocets from the platform at Elsie Roemer Bird Sanctuary.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from French avocette, from Italian avosetta.

Pronunciation:

avocet

/ˈavəˌset/