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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A popular name of the sooty tern, Sterna (Haliplana) fuliginosa, whose eggs, like those of some other terns, have commercial value in the West Indies and southern United States.
  • noun A name of sundry other sea-birds, as murres, guillemots, etc., which nest in large communities, and whose eggs are of economic or commercial value.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A species of tern, esp. the sooty tern (Sterna fuliginosa) of the West Indies. In the Bahama Islands the name is applied to the tropic bird, Phaëthon flavirostris.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dated A species of tern, especially the sooty tern (Sterna fuliginosa) of the West Indies or, in the Bahamas, Phaethon flavirostris.

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