a sacred bird, according to the Swedish legend received its
name from flying round the cross of the crucified Redeemer, crying Styrka! styrka! (Strengthen! strengthen!). (See Christ, in
Storks are the sworn foes of snakes.
Hence the veneration in which they are held. They are also
excellent scavengers. (Stork, Anglo-Saxon, store.
Twill profit when the stork, sworn foe of snakes,
Returns, to show compassion to thy plants.
Philips: Cyder, bk. i.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
More on Stork from Fact Monster:
- shoebill stork - shoebill stork shoebill stork, common name for a large (up to 54 in./122 cm) tall, storklike bird, ...
- stork - stork stork, common name for members of a family of long-legged wading birds. The storks are ...
- Birds as Symbols and Omens - Birds as Symbols and Omens From ancient times to the present, certain birds have been considered ...
- jabiru - jabiru: jabiru: see stork.
- marabou - marabou: marabou: see stork.