Definition of limpkin in English:


Pronunciation /ˈlim(p)kin/ /ˈlɪm(p)kɪn/

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  • A wading marsh bird related to the rails, with long legs and a long bill, found in the southeastern US and tropical America.

    Aramus guarauna, the only member of the family Aramidae

    ‘But there is some worry the pythons may start feeding on birds, such as limpkins, which are not accustomed to defending themselves against nocturnal predators.’
    • ‘Alas, the cry of the limpkin, a hair-raising screech.’
    • ‘Its curved bill bits perfectly into a snail shell, allowing the limpkin to deftly extract the mollusk.’
    • ‘Folks may try to tell you that limpkins are exclusive apple snail specialists, but don't you believe it.’
    • ‘The limpkin is about 23-28 inches in length with a wingspan of about 42 inches.’
    • ‘The private fish camp on Orange lake is known for its limpkins, wading birds, shorebirds and wintering ducks.’
    • ‘It is focused on the habitat selection and associations of apple snails, snail kites, and limpkins.’
    • ‘Limpkins have a small gap in the bill which helps them carry and handle snails.’
    • ‘It will sometimes take other food, but the limpkin is a highly specialized feeder.’
    • ‘Visitors will be attuned to the ‘music’ of the swamp with the calls of woodpeckers, barred owls and limpkins along the ‘On the Boardwalk’ exhibit.’
    • ‘I sometimes see a limpkin, sometimes a pair, hanging out at the retention pond down the street.’
    • ‘Florida, land of limpkins, oasis of anhingas, gathering place of gallinules, offers some of the most distinctive birding in the United States.’
    • ‘You can also see otter, limpkins, herons, and alligators.’
    • ‘Quiet observers can see numerous wildlife species and are often treated to sightings of Florida redbelly turtles, limpkins (A. guarauna) and river otters (L. canadensis).’


Late 19th century from limp(with reference to the bird's limping gait) + -kin.