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great black-backed gull

[blak-bakt] /ˈblækˌbækt/
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black-backed gull

[blak-bakt] /ˈblækˌbækt/
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for great black-backed gull
Historical Examples
  • Some of the gulls, like the great black-backed gull (Larus marinus), attain a length of two and one-half feet.

  • This bird, though called "lesser," is larger than any of the other gulls, except the herring gull and the great black-backed gull.

    Gairloch In North-West Ross-Shire John H. Dixon, F.S.A. Scot
  • This species is one of the largest and most powerful of the gull family, only surpassed by the great black-backed gull.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • It seemed to me, forsooth, that a great black-backed gull or fierce skua would give me a fine flight or two.

    Wulfric the Weapon Thane

    Charles W. Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for great black-backed gull

black-backed gull

either of two common black-and-white European coastal gulls, Larus fuscus (lesser black-backed gull) and L. marinus (great black-backed gull)
Also called karoro. a southern gull, larus dominicanus, with black feathers on its back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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