Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Spanish and Portuguese name loosely applied to sundry large sea-birds, as the pelican (Pelecanus), gannet (Sula), albatross (Diomedea, especially D. fuliginosa), frigate-bird (Tachypetes aquilus), etc., but of no exact signification in ornithology.
“On the seashore, and in the gulf, we find flocks of fishing herons, and alcatras of a very unwieldy form, which swim, like the swan, raising their wings.”
“Swarms of flamingoes, egrets, and cormorants filled the air, seeking the shore, whilst the alcatras, a large species of pelican, alone continued peaceably to fish in the middle of the gulf.”
“Disappointed at not finding them, they avenged themselves by climbing on the mangroves and making a dreadful slaughter of the young alcatras, grouped in pairs in their nests.”
“a sea ever calm, the shores of which were peopled with alcatras, * egrets, and flamingoes.”
“A dazzling light was spread through the air, along the whitish hills strewed with cylindric cactuses, and over a sea ever calm, the shores of which were peopled with alcatras, * (* A brown pelican, of the size of a swan.”
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