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, shepherd's purse.
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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'