Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Word of the day: turnstone

The word of the day is turnstone:

  1. any shorebird of the genus Arenaria,characterized by the habit of turningover stones in search of food.
  2. Britishruddy turnstone.

"Over the promontory's furzy top she saw an explosion of turnstones tossed up just above the burst of spray.  They were like sandpipers at the edge of the surf—they lived inches from the water and their feet were never wet."
 - Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

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