from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various tropical sea birds of the family Fregatidae that have long powerful wings, dark plumage, and a hooked beak and characteristically snatch food from other birds in flight. Also called man-o'-war bird.
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- n. Alternative spelling of frigatebird.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a web-footed rapacious bird, of the genus Fregata; -- called also man-of-war bird, and frigate pelican. Two species are known; that of the Southern United States and West Indies is F. aquila. They are remarkable for their long wings and powerful flight. Their food consists of fish which they obtain by robbing gulls, terns, and other birds, of their prey. They are related to the pelicans.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A large marine bird, the Fregata aquila or Tachypetes aquilus and other species of the same genus, belonging to the family Fregatidæ or Tachypetidæ and order Steganopodes or Totipalmatæ, noted for powers of flight and raptorial disposition, found near land on most of the warmer seas of the globe.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tail
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Dodge and twist and double as it may — and no hare upon land is half so quick or resourceful as the wily tern in the air — the frigate bird follows with the audacity and certainty of fate, until flustered and frightened the little fish is abandoned, to be snapped up by the air-ranger before it reaches the sea.