American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various chiefly coastal aquatic birds of the family Laridae, having long wings, webbed feet, a thick, slightly hooked beak, and usually gray and white plumage.
- n. A person who is easily tricked or cheated; a dupe.
- v. To deceive or cheat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An unfledged bird; a nestling.
- n. A gosling.
- n. A large trout.
- n. Compare gullfish.
- n. The bloom of the willow in the spring.
- n. A simpleton; a fool; a dupe; one easily cheated.
- n. A cheating or cheat; a trick; fraud.
- To deceive; cheat; mislead by deception; trick; defraud.
- Synonyms To dupe, cozen, beguile, impose upon.
- n. A long-winged, web-footed bird of the subfamily Larinæ, family Laridæ, and order Longipennes. There are more than 50 species, inhabiting all parts of the world, belonging chiefly to the leading genus Larus; other genera are Chroïcocephalus, Xema, and Rhodostethia. Many of the species are marine or maritime, but gulls are also found over most of the large bodies of fresh water of the globe. They are strong and buoyant fliers, spending much of the time on the wing, and are voracious feeders upon fish or any animal substances which they can find in the water. They do not dive. The nest is usually placed on the ground or on rocks, and the eggs are two or three in number and heavily colored. The voice is raucous or shrill, and the birds are very noisy, especially during the breeding season. The characteristic coloration is white with a pearly, bluish, or fuscous mantle, the primaries usually marked with black; the white in some cases has a beautiful rosy hue. In one group of species the head is enveloped in a dark-colored hood; in another the whole plumage is dark, except the white head; in the ivory gull the entire plumage is white. In the kittiwakes, which constitute the genus Rissa, the hind toe is rudimentary. Among representative species are the ice-gull or burgomaster, Larus glaucus, and the great black-backed gull, L. murinus, these two being the largest species; the herring-gull, L. argentatus; the mew-gull, L. canus; the hooded gulls, Chroicocephalus atricilla; the fork-tailed gull, Xema sabinei; and the wedge-tailed gull, Rhodostethia rosea. In the larger gulls the bill is strong and hooked; in the smaller kinds it is slenderer and straighter, and these grade directly into the terns or sea-swallows. See cuts under
- n. Some sea-bird resembling a gull, as a skua or jäger, a tern or sea-swallow, a booby or gannet, etc.
- n. The young of the herring-gull, Larus argentatus, and of sundry related species, when the plumage is mostly gray.
- n. The white-winged gull, Larus leucopterus. Both have been called Larus islandicus.
- n. A channel for water; also, a stream.
- To sweep away by the force of running water: same as gully.
- To swallow.
- n. A seabird of the genus Larus or of the family Laridae.
- n. slang A cheating trick; a fraud.
- n. One easily cheated; a dupe.
- v. To deceive or cheat
- v. US, slang To mislead
- v. US, slang To trick and defraud
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To deceive; to cheat; to mislead; to trick; to defraud.
- n. A cheating or cheat; trick; fraud.
- n. One easily cheated; a dupe.
- n. (Zoöl.) One of many species of long-winged sea birds of the genus Larus and allied genera.
- n. a person who is gullible and easy to take advantage of
- v. fool or hoax
- n. mostly white aquatic bird having long pointed wings and short legs
- v. make a fool or dupe of
- Probably from Breton gouelan. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gulle, possibly of Brythonic origin.Probably from gull, to swallow (obsolete), from Middle English golen, to pretend to swallow, from gole, throat, perhaps from Old French goule; see gullet. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“BESIDES BEING the name of an aquatic bird, the word gull is also a verb that means “to deceive or cheat” according to the American Heritage College Dictionary.”
“Anonymous: Sorry KrautBeckerFan - the Latin for Aussie gull translates as”
“Glaucous gulls L. hyperboreus and Kelp gulls L. dominicanus were also nested within L. argentatus, and the discovery about the Kelp gull is interesting: this species is unique to the Southern Hemisphere, and Liebers et al. (2004) concluded that it must have evolved via long-distance colonisation ‘from the same ancestral population as the Lesser black-backed gull, suggesting that its ancestors were highly migratory, as nominate Lesser black-backed gulls still are today’ (p. 895).”
“No no no no NO: the Herring gull is NOT a ring species!”
“It is this habit in the gulls of parting with their property [disgorging the contents of their stomachs to the skuas], which has given rise to the terms gull, guller, and gulling, among men. ”
“In the mountains they collect at this season vast numbers of the eggs of a species of sea-gull, which is very common here.”
“Two or more penguins will combine to push a third in front of them against a skua gull, which is one of their enemies, for he eats their eggs or their young if he gets the chance.”
“The gull was a small white variety about the size of a pigeon, with a black ruff around its neck.”
“He shouted this frantically, but a wild and mournful cry from a gull was the only response, and his voice seemed to be utterly lost in the vast space around.”
“The gull is a pretty and graceful bird, somewhat resembling the pigeon in shape and agility.”
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