from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various oceanic birds of the genus Puffinus, having a short hooked bill with tube-shaped nostrils and long slender wings that appear to shear the water as the bird flies along the surface.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various long-winged pelagic seabirds in the genera Calonectris or Puffinus, of the family Procellariidae, that breed on islands and coastal cliffs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any one of numerous species of long-winged oceanic birds of the genus Puffinus and related genera. They are allied to the petrels, but are larger. The Manx shearwater (P. Anglorum), the dusky shearwater (P. obscurus), and the greater shearwater (P. major), are well-known species of the North Atlantic. See hagdon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sea-bird of the petrel family, Procellariidæ, and section Puffineæ, having a long and comparatively slender, much-hooked bill, short nasal tubes obliquely truncate and with a thick nasal septum, long pointed wings, short tail, and close oily plumage.
- n. Same as cutwater, 3. See Rhynchops.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. long-winged oceanic bird that in flight skims close to the waves
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