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stilt,

common name for some members of the family Recurvirostridae, shore birds including the avocetavocet
, common name for a long-legged wading bird about 15 to 18 in. (37.5–45 cm) long, related to the snipe and belonging to the same family as the stilt. The American avocet or blacknecked stilt, Himantopus mexicanus,
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. Stilts, as their name implies, have the longest legs of any bird except the flamingo. They frequent open marshes and shallow water, wading with long strides and probing the mud for food with their long, thin bills. They are also good swimmers and fliers. Their floating nests are anchored along the edges of quiet pools. The common black-necked, or pied, stilt, Himantopus mexicanus, an elegant bird with a black back and white belly, is cosmopolitan in temperate and tropical regions. The banded stilt, Cladorhyncus leucocephalus, is found in Australia and Tasmania. Stilts are classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Aves, order Charadriiformes, family Recurvirostridae.

stilt

1. A structural area or element lifting another such above its regular position.
2. A post which raises a structure above ground or water level.
3. A member placed above or below another vertical member for additional height.
5. Of a door frame: see base anchor.
6. A brace in bridging.

stilt

1. either of a pair of two long poles with footrests on which a person stands and walks, as used by circus clowns
2. any of several shore birds of the genera Himantopus and Cladorhynchus, similar to the avocets but having a straight bill
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He was said to have been most active in the severe years of the Depression, but like the enigmatic Anfield Housebreaker (another busy daredevil burglar) the Stilt Man was never brought to justice - although an elderly reader once told me that a man was found with a broken neck in a backyard in Walton in the 1930s, and a pair of stilts were lying close by, but children stole them.
My legs were like jelly on the way down because the stilts are so heavy.
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OAKRIDGE - Expectations for recess entertainment reached new heights at Oakridge Elementary School this spring, as the district received a grant from national talk show host Jenny Jones to buy five pairs of stilts.
The group, all aged between 16 and 31, used foot-long stilts fitted with sturdy springs to propel themselves two metres into the air at Cardiff's Oval Basin.
As far as I can see, it is not specified anywhere that stilts, pogo sticks or trampolines are banned.