Scolopax = a kind of Snipe mentioned by Aristotle ; probably from =a thing pointed, a stake, and akin to = I stir up, probe, etc.
Tibia plumed to joint. Tail of twelve uniform feathers. Remiges twenty-six. Head and neck transversely marked with black. First quill longest. Two notches in posterior margin of breast-bone. Females as a rule larger than males. Scattered throughout the world.