Definitions for darterˈdɑr tər
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snakebird, anhinga, darter(noun)
fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill
a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly
"squirrels are darters"
A waterbird with a long neck in the family Anhingidae.
Any of various darting freshwater fish of the family Percidae, that are usually small and brightly coloured and are native to North America.
one who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts
the snakebird, a water bird of the genus Plotus; -- so called because it darts out its long, snakelike neck at its prey. See Snakebird
a small fresh-water etheostomoid fish. The group includes numerous genera and species, all of them American. See Etheostomoid
The darters or snakebirds are mainly tropical waterbirds in the family Anhingidae. There are four living species, three of which are very common and widespread while the fourth is rarer and classified as near-threatened by the IUCN. The term "snakebird" is usually used without any additions to signify whichever of the completely allopatric species occurs in any one region. It refers to their long thin neck, which has a snake-like appearance when they swim with their bodies submerged, or when mated pairs twist it during their bonding displays. "Darter" is used with a geographical term when referring to particular species. It alludes to their manner of procuring food, as they impale fishes with their thin, pointed beak. The American Darter is more commonly known as the Anhinga. It is sometimes called "water turkey" in the southern United States for little clearly apparent reason; though the Anhinga is quite unrelated to the wild turkey, they are both large, blackish birds with long tails that are sometimes hunted for food. "Anhinga" is derived from the Tupi ajíŋa, which in local mythology refers to a malevolent demonic forest spirit; it is often translated as "devil bird". The name changed to anhingá or anhangá as it was transferred to the Tupi–Portuguese Língua Geral. However, in its first documented use as an English term in 1818, it referred to an Old World darter. Ever since, it has also been used for the modern genus Anhinga as a whole.
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