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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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Number of roots, vertical stilt root height, root cone circumference, and root cone volume demonstrated a whole model effect (Wilks' Lambda, [F.sub.12, 188]=4.97, p<0.001).
He found this predatory stilt bug at the Bernice Bishop Museum in Honolulu, Hawaii, among specimens that had been collected by scientists during a faunal survey of Southeast Asia.
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The municipal bodies and the Ministry of Urban Development then informed the court that there had been a proposal to relax the mandatory provision, allowing persons with plot sizes of 500 square metre and above to choose to construct a basement parking or leave open space for parking instead of complying with mandatory requirement of having stilt parking area on the ground level.
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.
STEP BY STEP: Stuart Kettell on his 550-mile stilt walk along every street Coventry to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Care
The Pennine Way links the summit to the village and the route is around five kilometres long - a testing climb for anyone, least of all on stilts!
Tim Melling, from the RSPB in Northern England, said: "Blackwinged stilts have extraordinarily long, spindly pink legs and even at one-day old they are abnormally long."
Japanese stilt grass (Microstegium vimineum) is well established in forests from Tennessee to Pennsylvania and looking to extend its range.
Carer Paul, 49, of Newbury Road, Brotton, is taking part in the Sabic Middlesbrough 10k on Sunday on his stilts dressed in his famed caveman's outfit.
Michael, whose stilts made him nine feet tall, crashed on to a table and was lucky not to be badly injured.