liver bird

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Derived from leaver, of unknown meaning. Possibly related to laver, referring to the sprig of seaweed carried by the bird, or to old Low Dutch lefler (spoonbill).[1] Current spelling influenced by Liverpool.

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Noun[edit]

liver bird (plural liver birds)

  1. A generic bird that is shown on the corporate seal of Liverpool, and symbolizes that city.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1970, Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, volume 120, page 16.