any of a family (Phalaropodidae) of small shorebirds: the male rears the young
Origin of phalaropeFrench ; from Modern Latin Phalaropus, name of the type genus ; from Classical Greek phalaris, coot (akin to phalos, white: from its white head) + pous, foot
Any of several small shorebirds of the genus Phalaropus, having lobed toes and characteristically feeding by spinning in small circles in the water and catching small invertebrates brought to the surface by this motion.
Origin of phalaropeFrench, from New Latin phalarop&umacron;s : Greek phalaris, coot (from phalaros, having a white spot (the Eurasian coot having a fleshy, bright white area on its forehead extending up from its bill between its eyes); see bhel-1 in Indo-European roots) + Greek pous, foot; see ped- in Indo-European roots.
New Latin Phalaropus, formed irregularly from Ancient Greek Î¦Î¬Î»Î±ÏÎ¹Ï‚ (Phalaris, “coot") + Ï€Î¿ÏÏ‚ (pous, “foot").