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Limpkin

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Limpkin

(Science: ornithology) Either one of two species of wading birds of the genus Aramus, intermediate between the cranes and rails.

The limpkins are remarkable for the great length of the toes. One species (a. Giganteus) inhabits Florida and the west Indies; the other (a. Scolopaceus) is found in south America.

Synonym: courlan, and crying bird.