American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A common seagull (Larus argentatus) of the Northern Hemisphere having gray and white plumage with black wing tips.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of several gulls of large size, having the mantle pearl-blue, the primaries crossed with black and tipped with white, the bill yellow with a red spot on the gonys, and the feet yellow or flesh-colored. The general plumage is white in the adult, and the stretch of wings is about 4 feet. Gulls of this character are found in most parts of the world, such as Larus argentatus, of Europe, Asia, and North America, a representative species of the group. Also called
- n. A common, large seagull, Larus argentatus, having a white and gray body and a yellow bill with a red spot.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) a large gull which feeds in part upon herrings; esp., Larus argentatus in America, and Larus cachinnans in England. See Gull.
- n. large gull of the northern hemisphere
“A herring gull came sweeping down the lawn and banked steeply past the window in the sunshine with a little cry.”
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