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black-backed gull

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  1. any of several white gulls, as Larus marinus (great black-backed gull), having a black back and wings.

Origin of black-backed gull

First recorded in 1770–80
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British Dictionary definitions for black-backed gull

black-backed gull

  1. either of two common black-and-white European coastal gulls, Larus fuscus (lesser black-backed gull) and L. marinus (great black-backed gull)
  2. Also called: karoro a southern gull, larus dominicanus, with black feathers on its back
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