Definition of Limpkin

1. Noun. Wading bird of Florida, Cuba and Jamaica having a drooping bill and a distinctive wailing call.

Exact synonyms: Aramus Pictus
Generic synonyms: Wader, Wading Bird
Group relationships: Gruiformes, Order Gruiformes



Definition of Limpkin

1. n. Either one of two species of wading birds of the genus Aramus, intermediate between the cranes and rails. The limpkins are remarkable for the great length of the toes. One species (A. giganteus) inhabits Florida and the West Indies; the other (A. scolopaceus) is found in South America. Called also courlan, and crying bird.

Definition of Limpkin

1. Noun. A large bird, ''Aramus guarauna'', found in marshes in the Caribbean, Central America and southern Florida. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Limpkin

1. a wading bird [n -S]

Medical Definition of Limpkin

1. Either one of two species of wading birds of the genus Aramus, intermediate between the cranes and rails. The limpkins are remarkable for the great length of the toes. One species (A. Giganteus) inhabits Florida and the West Indies; the other (A. Scolopaceus) is found in South America. Synonym: courlan, and crying bird. (04 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Limpkin

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1. The Auk: Quarterly Journal of Ornithology by American Ornithologists' Union, Nuttall Ornithological Club (1916)
"Following his paper on the ' Comparative Osteology of the limpkin ' (Anatomical Record, August, 1915), Dr. Shufeldt presents in the same journal another ..."

2. Florida and the Game Water-birds of the Atlantic Coast and the Lakes of the by Robert Barnwell Roosevelt (1884)
"It was on the latter stream that I nearly killed a limpkin. The man does not live who has actually caught or shot a limpkin. There are no limpkins for sale ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1902)
"The French book name i"fa limpkin (. ... called also 'crying bird' and 'mad-widow' (vidua loca) by Spanish Americans. See limpkin. ..."

4. Nests and Eggs of North American Birds by Oliver Davie (1889)
"limpkin. Hab. Florida; coast of Gulf of Mexico; Greater Antilles, ... occurs in Eastern South America, while the limpkin, which holds a place in the North ..."

5. My winter garden: a nature-lover under southern skies by Maurice Thompson (1900)
"And the limpkin continued to cry at intervals right in the center of a mere patch—scarcely more than an armful—of rushes not sixty yards away. ..."

6. The Bird Book: Illustrating in Natural Colors More Than Seven Hundred North by Chester Albert Reed (1914)
"limpkin. Aramus vociferus. Range.—This bird is a native of the West Indies ... limpkin. Buffy white etrable parts of swamps, building their nests of rushes ..."

7. Across the Everglades: A Canoe Journey of Exploration by Hugh Laussat Willoughby (1898)
"But the worst sound to sleep through is the cry of the limpkin. When do these birds sleep ? or do they ever sleep ? We have seen them about all day, ..."

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