from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The turnstone; -- so called because it lives on the carcasses of whales.


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  • 1) Any one of several species of large Antarctic petrels that followed whaling vessels to feed on the blubber and floating oil; especially, Prion turtur (blue petrel), and Pseudoprion desolatus. 2) The turnstone, so called in Canada because it lived on the carcasses of whales.

    February 23, 2008