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- n. Alternative spelling of shearwater.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The shearwater.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An obsolete form of shearwater.
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It is not, however, unknown to sportsmen, who land -- with leave -- upon the main island and shoot the handsome 'Deserta petrels,' the _cagarras_ (_Puffinus major_, or sheerwater), the rabbits, the goats that have now run wild, and possibly a seal.
Very large pigeons were also met with in great plenty; likewise beautiful parrots and parroquets; a new species, apparently, of the coote, and also of the rail, and magpie; and a most beautiful small bird, brown, with a yellow breast and yellow on the wing; it seemed to be a species of humming bird: there was also a black bird, like a sheerwater, with a hooked bill, which burrows in the ground.
“The sooty petrel, better known to us under the name of sheerwater, frequents the tufted grassy parts of all the islands in astonishing numbers.
"The sooty petrel, better known to us under the name of sheerwater, frequents the tufted grassy parts of all the islands in astonishing numbers.