Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A marine or pelagic web-footed bird: a sea-fowl: a name of no specific application.
“Now and then a lonely sea-bird hovers far away, and we”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I'd guess that the nature center crew were right to cancel the scheduled sea-bird cruise for this morning, though.”
“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.”
“How much better to sit by myself like the solitary sea-bird that opens its wings on the stake.”
“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.”
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