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shad +‎ bird, since it appears at the same time as the shad (a fish).


shadbird (plural shadbirds)

  1. (dated, Britain, dialect) The American snipe; Wilson's snipe.
  2. (dated, Britain, dialect) The common European sandpiper.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for shadbird in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)