from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See sooty shearwater.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A bird of the family Procellariidæ and genus Œstrelata; one of several kinds of petrels found in the southern seas, as Œ. lessoni, which is also called white night-hawk. See cut at Œstrelata.
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The mutton-bird, it will therefore be allowed, is the most prolific of all avian colonists.
Many people who are not hunger-driven profess to relish young mutton-bird, whose flesh is like neither fish nor fowl, but an oily blend of both.
Starvation stared them in the face, when it was discovered that Mount Pitt was honeycombed with mutton-bird burrows.
a mutton-bird (plucked and ready for Sunday's cooking), and other little trifles went, also.