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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

TURN'STONE, n. [turn and stone.] A bird, called the sea-dotterel, the Tringa morinella, a little larger than an English blackbird. This bird takes its name from its practice of turning up small stones in search of insects.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: migratory shorebirds of the plover family that turn over stones in searching for food

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: from a habit of turning over stones to find food Date: circa 1674 either of two shorebirds (genus Arenaria) of the sandpiper family: a. a bird (A. interpres) of worldwide distribution that has black and chestnut upperparts and a black breast b. a North American bird (A. melanocephala) with black upperparts and breast

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any wading bird of the genus Arenaria, related to the plover, that looks under stones for small animals to eat.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Turnstone Turn"stone`, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any species of limicoline birds of the genera Strepsilas and Arenaria, allied to the plovers, especially the common American and European species (Strepsilas interpres). They are so called from their habit of turning up small stones in search of mollusks and other aquatic animals. Called also brant bird, sand runner, sea quail, sea lark, sparkback, and skirlcrake. Black turnstone, the California turnstone (Arenaria melanocephala). The adult in summer is mostly black, except some white streaks on the chest and forehead, and two white loral spots.



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