Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A sea-bird; collectively, sea-birds.

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Examples

  • The roaring waves, rising mountains high, dashed in foaming violence on the opposite rocks; while the scream of the sea-fowl, hovering near land, seemed to be the forerunner of a storm.

    The Curate and His Daughter, a Cornish Tale

  • Below them from the Gull-rock rose a thousand birds, and filled the air with sound; the choughs cackled, the hacklets wailed, the great blackbacks laughed querulous defiance at the intruders, and a single falcon, with an angry bark, dashed out from beneath their feet, and hung poised high aloft, watching the sea-fowl which swung slowly round and round below.

    Westward Ho!

  • For example, Darwin stated that he observed "a vast multitude of sea-fowl", and Moseley noted "birds hovering in thousands".

    St. Peter and St. Paul rocks

  • I had a most elegant room; but there was a fire in it which blazed; and the sea, to which my windows looked, roared; and the pillows were made of the feathers of some sea-fowl, which had to me

    Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

  • Towards the summit fluttered myriads of sea-fowl, and especially those of the web-footed species with long, flat, pointed beaks — a clamorous tribe, bold in the presence of man, who probably for the first time thus invaded their domains.

    The Mysterious Island

  • Towards the summit fluttered myriads of sea-fowl, and especially those of the web-footed species with long, flat, pointed beaks — a clamorous tribe, bold in the presence of man, who probably for the first time thus invaded their domains.

    The Mysterious Island

  • The rest of the scene was in deep gloom, except where a sun-beam, darting between the clouds, glanced on the white wings of the sea-fowl, that circled high among them, or touched the swelling sail of a vessel, which was seen labouring in the storm.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Through a vista of the mountains appeared the lowlands of Rousillon, tinted with the blue haze of distance, as they united with the waters of the Mediterranean; where, on a promontory, which marked the boundary of the shore, stood a lonely beacon, over which were seen circling flights of sea-fowl.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • The clamorous sea-fowl skimmed in fleet circles upon the surface of the sea, dipping their light pinions in the wave, as they fled away in search of shelter.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • Whilst passing this end of the island at sea, I could not imagine what the white patches were with which the whole plain was mottled; I now found that they were sea-fowl, sleeping in such full confidence, that even in mid-day a man could walk up and seize hold of them.

    Journal of researches into the geology and natural history of the various countries visited by H.M.S. Beagle

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