from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the blue petrels of the genus Prion, several species of which inhabit the southern ocean.
- n. The turn stone, Strepsilas interpres.
- n. The red or gray phalarope.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
There is, for instance, the whale-bird, perfectly black on the top of the wings and body, and white underneath.
The name by which they are known to the sailors is the whale-bird; they appear to take their food upon the wing, for I have never yet seen them sit upon the waters even for a single second, although I have observed them frequently, and at all hours; but night and day they hurry on with the same restless, rapid flight, sometimes going in large flocks; and I have never upon shore seen so many birds assembled upon a few square miles as