One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Mud-loving, mud-dwelling; = limicoline. In later use also: relating to or inhabiting the margins of sea and shore.
A limicole shorebird. Also: an oligochaete worm of the former division Limicolae, comprising those that live in wet mud or water (now rare).
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia. From (i) French limicole (noun) wading bird, (in plural limicoles) oligochaete worm of the former division Limicolae, (adjective) mud-dwelling.
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