Phalarope meaning

fălə-rōp
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.
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Any of a family (Phalaropodidae) of small shorebirds: the male rears the young.
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Any of three small wading birds in the genus Phalaropus, of the family Scolopacidae, that have lobed toes.
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Origin of phalarope

  • French from New Latin phalaropūs 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) bhel-1 in Indo-European roots) Greek pous foot ped- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • New Latin Phalaropus, formed irregularly from Ancient Greek Φάλαρις (Phalaris, “coot") + πούς (pous, “foot").

    From Wiktionary