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accentor Tweet Definition of accentor Like Definition of accentor on Facebook
noun
  1. (Music), (Obsolete): One who sings the leading part; the director or leader.
  2. (ZoÝÂlogy): A genus of European birds (so named from their sweet notes), including the hedge warbler. In America sometimes applied to the water thrushes.
accipiter Tweet Definition of accipiter Like Definition of accipiter on Facebook
noun Plural (English): Accipiters<br>
Plural (Latin):
Accipitres
  1. (ZoÝÂlogy): A genus of rapacious birds; one of the Accipitres or Raptores.
  2. (Surgery): A bandage applied over the nose, resembling the claw of a hawk
accipitral Tweet Definition of accipitral Like Definition of accipitral on Facebook
noun
  1. Pertaining to, or of the nature of, a falcon or hawk; hawklike - Lowell
adjutant Tweet Definition of adjutant Like Definition of adjutant on Facebook
noun
  1. Military: A lower-ranking officer who assists a higher-ranking officer with administrative affairs
  2. An assistant.
  3. A member of the Leptoptilos genus of African storks, also known as marabou.
adjective (no (compar) or (superl))
  1. The noun used as a modifier (e.g. adjutant officer).
adjutant stork Tweet Definition of adjutant stork Like Definition of adjutant stork on Facebook
noun
  1. The marabou
aerie Tweet Definition of aerie Like Definition of aerie on Facebook
noun
  1. Alternative form of eyrie.
  2. A Local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
ALA Tweet Definition of ALA Like Definition of ALA on Facebook
initialism
  1. Alpha Linolenic Acid
  2. American Library Association
  3. Acacia Leadership Academy
albatross Tweet Definition of albatross Like Definition of albatross on Facebook
noun (pl=albatross or albatrosses)
  1. Any of various large seabirds of the family Diomedeidae ranging widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings.
  2. (golf) A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole
American eagle Tweet Definition of American eagle Like Definition of American eagle on Facebook
noun
  1. A species of eagle native to North America and notable for the white plumage on its head.
American kestrel Tweet Definition of American kestrel Like Definition of American kestrel on Facebook
noun
  1. (zoology) a species of small falcon, Falco sparverius; a kestrel
anatine Tweet Definition of anatine Like Definition of anatine on Facebook
adjective
  1. (zoology) Pertaining to ducks; ducklike.
ani Tweet Definition of ani Like Definition of ani on Facebook
noun
  1. (context, birds) A bird of the genus Crotophaga in the cuckoo family.
anserine Tweet Definition of anserine Like Definition of anserine on Facebook
adjective
  1. Pertaining to geese.
antbird Tweet Definition of antbird Like Definition of antbird on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various drab-colored South American birds of the order Thamnophilidae that feed on ants.
antshrike Tweet Definition of antshrike Like Definition of antshrike on Facebook
noun
  1. several species of bird from the antbird family.
Argus Tweet Definition of Argus Like Definition of Argus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) A fabulous being of antiquity, said to have had a hundred eyes. His eyes were transplanted to the peacock"s tail. He was a servant of the greek goddess Hera.
auk Tweet Definition of auk Like Definition of auk on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of several species of Arctic sea birds of the family Alcidae.
auricular Tweet Definition of auricular Like Definition of auricular on Facebook
noun
  1. The little finger, so called because it can be readily introduced into the ear passage.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the ear, or to the sense of hearing; as, auricular nerves.
  2. Told in the ear, i. e., told privately; as, auricular confession to the priest.
  3. Recognized by the ear; known by the sense of hearing; as, auricular evidence.
  4. Received by the ear; known by report.
  5. (anatomy) Pertaining to the auricles of the heart.
avian Tweet Definition of avian Like Definition of avian on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, Avians)
  1. A bird.
  2. A bird-like or flying creature.
adjective
  1. Characteristic of or pertaining to, birds, bird-like or flying creatures.
aviculture Tweet Definition of aviculture Like Definition of aviculture on Facebook
noun
  1. rearing and care of birds.
avifauna Tweet Definition of avifauna Like Definition of avifauna on Facebook
noun
  1. The birds, or all the kinds of birds, inhabiting a region.
avocet Tweet Definition of avocet Like Definition of avocet on Facebook
noun
  1. Any of various shore birds of the genus Recurvirostra that have a long slender upcurved bill, long legs, and webbed feet.
axilla Tweet Definition of axilla Like Definition of axilla on Facebook
noun (plural:axillae)
  1. The armpit, or the cavity beneath the junction of the arm and shoulder.
  2. The angle or point of divergence between the upper side of a branch, leaf, or petiole, and the stem or branch from which it springs.
axillar Tweet Definition of axillar Like Definition of axillar on Facebook
noun (axillars, pl2=axillaries)
  1. (plural, pl.) feather, Feathers connecting the under surface of the wing and the body, and concealed by the closed wing.
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary lymph node, artery, or nerve.
  2. Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil.
axillary Tweet Definition of axillary Like Definition of axillary on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to the axilla or armpit; as, axillary gland, artery, nerve.
  2. Situated in, or rising from, an axil; of or pertaining to an axil.

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