One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The European dipper, Cinclus cinclus (now historical).
2A rail that lives in wet places; especially one of the genus Porzana, as the spotted crake, P. porzana, or Baillon's crake, P. pusilla.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in Francis Willughby (1635–1672), naturalist.
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