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frigate bird

or frigatebird

any of several predacious seabirds of the genus Fregata, having fully webbed feet.
Also called man-o'-war bird.
Origin of frigate bird
First recorded in 1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Once, with a piece of frigate bird, they succeeded in hooking a shark.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • The frigate bird, too, seems to have suggested various symbols belonging to the script.

  • The humming-bird represents the perfection of one method, the frigate bird of the other, and in his own line each is unrivaled.

  • The frigate bird spreads its wings to the extent of three yards; its power of flight is, therefore, very great.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • All over this district we find decorative art permeated with the influence of the frigate bird.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • All day they skimmed like a frigate bird across the face of Canada, at an altitude of about two thousand feet.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • He concluded the lesson by descending a dizzy flight of ledges to rob the nest of a frigate bird.

    Into the Primitive Robert Ames Bennet
  • But these birds and the frigate bird are sea and ocean species, and, with rare exceptions, are able to rest upon the waters.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • Although sometimes seen four hundred leagues from land, the frigate bird is said to return every night to its solitary roost.

    Poachers and Poaching John Watson
  • The frigate bird, unseen by human eyes, had still hovered over the lonely ocean-waters.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
British Dictionary definitions for frigate bird

frigate bird

any bird of the genus Fregata and family Fregatidae, of tropical and subtropical seas, having a long bill with a downturned tip, a wide wingspan, and a forked tail: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc) Also called man-of-war bird
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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