lepelaar

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From lepel 'spoon' (after the bill-shape)

Noun[edit]

lepelaar m (plural lepelaars, diminutive lepelaartje n)

  1. (zoology) The bird spoonbill
  2. By extension, closely related bird species, notably of genus Platalea, and the stork
  3. (botany) The herb Capsella Bursa pastoris
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Etymology 2[edit]

From lepelen 'to use a spon, scoop' (from lepel 'spoon') + -aar 'er'

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Noun[edit]

lepelaar m (plural lepelaars, diminutive lepelaartje n)

  1. (literally) A spoon user; one who scoops
  2. (figuratively) A lush, who consumes drinks 'by the spoonful'