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Snakebird

Snake′birdˊ

,
Noun.
[So named from its snakelike neck.]
(Zool.)
1.
Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus
Anhinga
or
Plotus
. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills.
☞ The American species (
Anhinga anhinga
syn.
Plotus anhinga
) inhabits the
Southern United States
and
tropical America
; – called also
darter
, and
water turkey
. The Asiatic species (
Anhinga melanogaster
) is native of
Southern Asia
and the
East Indies
. Two other species inhabit
Africa
and
Australia
respectively.
2.
(Zool.)
The wryneck.

Definition 2022


snakebird

snakebird

English

Noun

snakebird (plural snakebirds)

  1. A darter: any bird of the genus Anhinga.

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