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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Snakebird \Snake"bird'\, noun [So named from its snakelike neck.] (Zool.)

1. Any one of four species of aquatic birds of the genus {Anhinga} or {Plotus}. They are allied to the gannets and cormorants, but have very long, slender, flexible necks, and sharp bills.

Note: The American species ({Anhinga anhinga} syn. {Plotus anhinga}) inhabits the Southern United States and tropical America; -- called also {darter}, and {water turkey}. The Asiatic species ({Anhinga melanogaster}) is native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Two other species inhabit Africa and Australia respectively.

2. (Zool.) The wryneck.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Darter \Dart"er\, noun

1. One who darts, or who throw darts; that which darts.

2. (Zool.) The snakebird, a water bird of the genus {Plotus}; -- so called because it darts out its long, snakelike neck at its prey. See {Snakebird}.

3. (Zool.) A small fresh-water etheostomoid fish. The group includes numerous genera and species, all of them American. See {Etheostomoid}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Etheostomoid \E'the*os"to*moid\, adjective [NL. etheostoma name of a genus + -oid.] (Zo["o]l.) Pertaining to, or like, the genus {Etheostoma}. -- n. Any fish of the genus {Etheostoma} and related genera, allied to the perches; -- also called {darter}. The etheostomoids are small and often bright-colored fishes inhabiting the fresh waters of North America. About seventy species are known, including the rare {snail darter} ({Percina tanasi}), 3 inches long, found only in the Tennessee River and classified as a {threatened species}. See {Darter}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

darter

noun

1: fish-eating bird of warm inland waters having a long flexible neck and slender sharp-pointed bill [syn: {snakebird}, {anhinga}, {darter}]

2: a person or other animal that moves abruptly and rapidly; "squirrels are darters"


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