oyster catcher

oyster catcher
noun
black-and-white shorebird with stout legs and bill; feed on oysters etc.
Syn: ↑oystercatcher
Hypernyms: ↑shorebird, ↑shore bird, ↑limicoline bird
Member Holonyms: ↑Haematopus, ↑genus Haematopus

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noun
: any of various wading birds of the widely distributed genus Haematopus that are 16 to 20 inches long, have stout legs and a heavy wedge-shaped bill which are usually pinkish or bright red, and in the common form of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa (H. ostralegus ostralegus) and that of the American Atlantic coast (H. o. palliatus) have plumage which is chiefly or entirely black and white — see black oyster catcher

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oyster catcher,
any one of various wading birds of world-wide distribution that are black and white, have red, wedge-shaped bills for opening shellfish, and grow to about 20 inches long.

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  • Oyster catcher — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oyster catcher — oystercatcher oystercatcher, oyster catcher oyster catcher . (Zo[ o]l.), Any one of several species of wading birds of the genus {H[ae]matopus} having stout legs and bill and mostly black and white plumage, which frequent seashores and feed upon… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • oyster-catcher — jūršarkės statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Haematopus angl. oyster catcher vok. Austernfischer, m rus. кулик сорока, m pranc. huîtrier, m ryšiai: platesnis terminas – jūršarkiniai siauresnis terminas – amerikinė jūršarkė… …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • oyster-catcher — oysˈter catcher noun A black and white wading bird, with red bill and feet, feeding on limpets and mussels (not oysters), also known as the sea pie • • • Main Entry: ↑oyster …   Useful english dictionary

  • oyster catcher — n. shore bird who feeds on oysters and worms …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oyster-catcher — noun (C) a black and white bird that eats shellfish …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • black oyster catcher — noun : a blackish brown oyster catcher (Haematopus bachmani) of the Pacific coast of No. America …   Useful english dictionary

  • Oyster — Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus Ostrea …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster bed — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Oyster crab — Oyster Oys ter (ois t[ e]r), n. [OF. oistre, F. hu[^i]tre, L. ostrea, ostreum, Gr. o streon; prob. akin to ostre on bone, the oyster being so named from its shell. Cf. {Osseous}, {Ostracize}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any marine bivalve mollusk of the genus …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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