One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A long-winged fork-tailed insectivorous bird related to the plovers, resembling a swallow in flight and typically living near water.
Genus Glareola (and Stiltia), family Glareolidae: several species, in particular G. pratincole of Africa and the Mediterranean
- ‘Its head looked more jaeger-like than anything, and I wondered whether it was a pratincole.’
Late 18th century: from modern Latin pratincola, from Latin pratum ‘meadow’ + incola ‘inhabitant’.
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