Definition of Snakebird

1. Noun. Fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill.

Exact synonyms: Anhinga, Darter
Generic synonyms: Pelecaniform Seabird
Group relationships: Genus Anhinga
Specialized synonyms: Anhinga Anhinga, Water Turkey



Definition of Snakebird

1. n. Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus Anhinga or Plotus. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills.

Definition of Snakebird

1. Noun. Any long-necked waterbird in the family Anhingidae ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Snakebird

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Medical Definition of Snakebird

1. 1. Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus Anhinga or Plotus. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills. The American species (Anhinga, or Plotus, anhinga) inhabits the Southern United States and tropical America; called also darter, and water turkey. The Asiatic species (A. Melanogaster) is native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Two other species inhabit Africa and Australia respectively. 2. The wry neck. Origin: So named from its snakelike neck. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Snakebird

snake mackerel
snake muishond
snake oil
snake palm
snake pit
snake plant
snake polypody
snake proteinase
snake rake
snake rakes
snake venom
snake venoms
snake wood
snakeberries
snakeberry
snakebird (current term)
snakebirds
snakebit
snakebite
snakebite and black
snakebites
snakebitten
snakeblenny
snaked
snakedom
snakefish
snakefishes
snakeflies
snakefly
snakehead

Literary usage of Snakebird

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1. A Preliminary Catalog of the Birds of Missouri by Otto Widmann (1907)
"... the snakebird, the Canada Goose, several kinds of ducks and herons, the Bald Eagle and Osprey, in fact like most birds of larger size, disappear and ..."

2. A Preliminary Catalog of the Birds of Missouri by Otto Widmann (1907)
"... the snakebird, the Canada Goose, several kinds of ducks and herons, the Bald Eagle and Osprey, in fact like most birds of larger size, disappear and ..."

3. Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America: With Introductory Chapters on by Frank Michler Chapman (1912)
"... frequently leaving the long, thin neck and narrow, pointed head above the surface, when one at once observes the origin of the name "snakebird. ..."

4. Wild Birds Protection Acts, 1880-1896 by James Robert Vernam Marchant, Watkin Watkins (1897)
"The Wild Birds Protection Act, 1880, shall apply within the whole of the county of Wilts, to the Wryneck (Cuckoo's Mate, snakebird), Swallow, ..."

5. Handbook of Birds of Eastern North America: With Keys to the Species, and by Frank Michler Chapman (1895)
"ANHINGA; snakebird; WATER TURKEY. (See Fig. 13.) Ad. $ in summer.—General plumage glossy black with greenish reflections; back of the head and neck with ..."

6. The National Zoological Park: A Popular Account of Its Collections by Ned Hollister (1919)
"A near relative of the cormorant is the snakebird, darter, ... only the head and neck appearing above the water—hence the common name of snakebird. ..."

7. Color Key to North American Birds: With Bibliographical Appendix by Frank Michler Chapman, Chester Albert Reed (1912)
"Ad. tf. Black; grayish head and neck plumes which, in winter, are absent. Aa. 118. Anhinga; snakebird; Water Turkey C.-tn- ?. Resembles male but whole head ..."

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