Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A marine or pelagic web-footed bird: a sea-fowl: a name of no specific application.

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Examples

  • Now and then a lonely sea-bird hovers far away, and we

    The Voyage of Magellan

  • Gough Island is the least disturbed major cool-temperate island ecosystem in the South Atlantic Ocean, and one of the most important sea-bird colonies in the world.

    Gough Island Wildlife Reserve, United Kingdom

  • Nothing moved across my vision — not even a lone bird soared up against the dull sky; and, for my hearing, not so much as the cry of a sea-bird came to me — no! nor the croak of a frog, nor the plash of a fish.

    The Boats of the 'Glen Carrig'

  • She had written a long front-page article saying that the CC is getting warmer due to CO2-driven forcing and so the local sea-bird population the Cassin Auklets, mostly was declining.

    more bender on Emanuel « Climate Audit

  • The night was so exquisite that I was content to rest without sleeping; the Babel noises of fowls and men had ceased, and there were only quiet sounds of rippling water, and the occasional cry of a sea-bird as we slipped through the waveless sea.

    The Golden Chersonese and the way thither

  • Shortly afterwards the whole body was transferred to a large lighter, which conveyed them out to Spithead, where the good ship fraught with their destinies lay like a mighty sea-bird asleep on the bosom of the open roadstead.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • I'd guess that the nature center crew were right to cancel the scheduled sea-bird cruise for this morning, though.

    No snow

  • Only six months ago my sister16 awoke dreaming that she held a wingless sea-bird in her arms and presently she heard that he had died in his madhouse, for a sea-bird is the omen that announces the death or danger of a Pollexfen.

    Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Volume III Autobiographies

  • How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake.

    The Waves

  • Then would follow an awkward pause, which our friends would try to cover, by showing us on its perch the household hawk (when possible a sea-bird taken young on the Red Sea coast) or their watch-cockerel, or their greyhound.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom

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