3. (Science: zoology) The wry neck.
Origin: OE. Slabbe, of uncertain origin; perhaps originally meaning, a smooth piece, and akin to slape, Icel. Sleipr slippery, and E. Slip, v. I.
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... do today, solving a major puzzle in the evolution of flight in birds. The fossilized bird, named Eoalulavis hoyasi, was found entombed between two slabs of rock in a limestone quarry in central Spain. The fossil was so perfectly preserved that the bird's feathers and its last meal of tiny shrimp ...
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