A Word With You: ANHINGA

An ANHINGA is an aquatic bird, recognizable because it will stand with its wings spread out from its body to dry them.

By Tim from Ithaca - Anhinga, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15526948

By Tim from Ithaca – Anhinga, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15526948

ANHINGA comes fro the Tupi language of Brazil. The ANHINGAS are water birds. When they swim their entire body is submerged except for their head. As such they are sometimes mistaken for snakes. It can also mistaken for a CORMORANT.

The ANHINGA is in the DARTER family.  When ANHINGAS migrate, the flock is called a KETTLE.

Six-letter words

AAHING and ANGINA

Five-letter words:

AGAIN and AHING

Four letter words

AGHA, AGIN, ANGA, ANNA, GAIN, HANG, NAAN, NANA, and NIGH.

 

 

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A Word With You: AMADAVAT

An AMADAVAT is an Asian songbird, according to the official Scrabble dictionary.

It’s actually an old word – the current term for this bird is not in the dictionary, so I won’t share it here.

Amandava_amandava_(VijayCavale)

By Vijay Cavale – Photograph by Vijay Cavale vijay AT indiabirds.com, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=477509

4 Letter words

  • ALMA – Indian maid
  • DATA

3 letter words

  • AMA
  • AVA
  • DAM
  • MAD
  • MAT
  • TAD
  • TAM
  • TAV
  • VAT

2 letter words

  • AA
  • AD
  • AM
  • AT
  • MA
  • TA
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A Word With You: ACCENTOR

The ACCENTORS are a genus of birds that live in the mountainous areas of Europe. They are a fairly drab species – dull grey.

ACCENTOR in England, photo from Wikipedia

ACCENTOR in England, photo from Wikipedia

Anagrams within ACCENTORS

8 letters

  • ACCENTOR

7 letters

  • COENACT – to enact together
  • CONCERT
  • ENACTOR

6 letters

  • ACCENT
  • ATONER -one who atones
  • CANCER
  • CANTOR – a Jewish singer
  • CENTRA – plural of CENTRUM: the body of a vertabrae
  • CORNEA – part of the eye
  • CANOER
  • CARNET – customs document for cars
  • CANTER – horse’s gate
  • CARTON
  • CONTRA – againt
  • CRATON – an immobile part of earth’s crust
  • COATER
  • CORNET – musical instrument
  • NECTAR
  • OCTANE
  • ORNATE
  • RECOAT
  • TANREC – also TENREC – insectivorous mammal
  • RECANT
  • TRANCE

 

 

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A Word With You: AASVOGEL

An AASVOGEL is a picturesque term (or rather a misspelling of the Afrikaans word) for  VULTURE – used in fiction books in the 1800s by such authors as Rider Haggard (The Days of My Life), John Buchan (The Island of Sheep) and Saki (The Collected Short Stories of Saki, aka Hector Hugh Munro) when telling stories taking place in South Africa.

A VULTURE is a bald-headed bird of prey that scavenges on CARCASSES.

Vultures from the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967)

Vultures from the Disney film, The Jungle Book (1967)

CONDORS (both the Californian and the Andean varieties) are also VULTURES.

A group of VULTURES in flight is called a KETTLE, and on the ground is called a COMMITTEE. When they are eating, they are called a WAKE.

Californian Condor

Californian Condor

There are 2 TAXA of VULTURES.

Old World: 16 SPECIES  divided into 9 GENERA.

New World:  7 SPECIES.

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