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great northern diver

noun
1.
a large northern bird, Gavia immer, with a black-and-white chequered back and a black head and neck in summer: family Gaviidae (divers)
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  • Unfortunately for the seaside student of bird life, the great northern diver is only known as a 156 winter visitor.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The great northern diver is rarely seen on 157 land, perhaps never except during the breeding season.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • Ember-goose (Colymbus septentrionalis), an aquatic bird, known also as the great northern diver and loon.

  • Amongst our water-loving birds there are few that can rival the great northern diver.

  • Smaller and more slender than the great northern diver, this species retains many of its characteristic habits.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • The great northern diver is among the mass of those birds which seek their food on the bosom of the great deep.

    Reptiles and Birds Louis Figuier
  • Colymbus glacialis (great northern diver or loon), in all the lakes.

    The Maine Woods

    Henry David Thoreau
  • The Hebridean name for the great northern diver (Colymbus glacialis).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A name for the great northern diver or loon (Colymbus glacialis).

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They had some rare sport in trying to shoot the great northern diver, called in this country the loon.

    Three Boys in the Wild North Land Egerton Ryerson Young

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