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stork


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Stork  \Stork\,  n.  [AS.  storc;  akin  to  G.  storch,  OHG.  storah, 
  Icel.  storkr,  Dan.  &  Sw  stork,  and  perhaps  to  Gr  ?  a 
  vulture.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  one  of  several  species  of  large  wading  birds  of  the 
  family  {Ciconid[ae]},  having  long  legs  and  a  long,  pointed 
  bill.  They  are  found  both  in  the  Old  World  and  in  America, 
  and  belong  to  {Ciconia}  and  several  allied  genera.  The 
  European  white  stork  ({Ciconia  alba})  is  the  best  known  It 
  commonly  makes  its  nests  on  the  top  of  a  building,  a  chimney, 
  a  church  spire,  or  a  pillar.  The  black  stork  ({C.  nigra})  is 
  native  of  Asia,  Africa,  and  Europe. 
 
  {Black-necked  stork},  the  East  Indian  jabiru. 
 
  {Hair-crested  stork},  the  smaller  adjutant  of  India 
  ({Leptoptilos  Javanica}). 
 
  {Giant  stork},  the  adjutant. 
 
  {Marabou  stork}.  See  {Marabou}.  --  Saddle-billed  stork,  the 
  African  jabiru.  See  {Jabiru}. 
 
  {Stork's  bill}  (Bot.),  any  plant  of  the  genus  {Pelargonium}; 
  --  so  called  in  allusion  to  the  beaklike  prolongation  of 
  the  axis  of  the  receptacle  of  its  flower.  See 
  {Pelargonium}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  stork 
  n  :  large  mostly  Old  World  wading  birds  typically  having 
  white-and-black  plumage 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Stork 
  Heb.  hasidah  meaning  "kindness,"  indicating  thus  the  character 
  of  the  bird,  which  is  noted  for  its  affection  for  its  young.  It 
  is  in  the  list  of  birds  forbidden  to  be  eaten  by  the  Levitical 
  law  (Lev.  11:19;  Deut.  14:18).  It  is  like  the  crane,  but  larger 
  in  size.  Two  species  are  found  in  Palestine,  the  white,  which 
  are  dispersed  in  pairs  over  the  whole  country;  and  the  black, 
  which  live  in  marshy  places  and  in  great  flocks.  They  migrate  to 
  Palestine  periodically  (about  the  22nd  of  March).  Jeremiah 
  alludes  to  this  (Jer.  8:7).  At  the  appointed  time  they  return 
  with  unerring  sagacity  to  their  old  haunts,  and  re-occupy  their 
  old  nests.  "There  is  a  well-authenticated  account  of  the 
  devotion  of  a  stork  which  at  the  burning  of  the  town  of  Delft, 
  after  repeated  and  unsuccessful  attempts  to  carry  off  her  young, 
  chose  rather  to  remain  and  perish  with  them  than  leave  them  to 
  their  fate.  Well  might  the  Romans  call  it  the  pia  avis!" 
 
  In  Job  39:13  (A.V.),  instead  of  the  expression  "or  wings  and 
  feathers  unto  the  ostrich"  (marg.,  "the  feathers  of  the  stork 
  and  ostrich"),  the  Revised  Version  has  "are  her  pinions  and 
  feathers  kindly"  (marg.,  instead  of  "kindly,"  reads  "like  the 
  stork's").  The  object  of  this  somewhat  obscure  verse  seems  to  be 
  to  point  out  a  contrast  between  the  stork,  as  distinguished  for 
  her  affection  for  her  young,  and  the  ostrich,  as  distinguished 
  for  her  indifference. 
 
  Zechariah  (5:9)  alludes  to  the  beauty  and  power  of  the  stork's 
  wings. 
 




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