from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • A tribe of sea birds comprising the petrels, shearwaters, albatrosses, hagdons, and allied birds having tubular horny nostrils.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • The tube-nosed or tubinarial water-birds, having the nostrils formed into a tube which lies upon the base of the culmen, as in the petrels, or into a pair of tubes, one on each side of the base of the bill, as in the albatrosses; the petrel family, or Procellariidæ. Also called Nasutæ. See cuts under albatross, fulmar, hagden, and Œ strelata.


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