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.
Any of a family (Phalaropodidae) of small shorebirds: the male rears the young.
Origin of phalarope
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- New Latin Phalaropus, formed irregularly from Ancient Greek Î¦Î¬Î»Î±ÏÎ¹Ï‚ (Phalaris, “coot") + Ï€Î¿ÏÏ‚ (pous, “foot").