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herring gull

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noun
  1. a common, large gull, Larus argentatus, of the Northern Hemisphere.

Origin of herring gull

An Americanism dating back to 1820–30
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Examples from the Web for herring gull

Historical Examples

  • Mr. Brose saw him, and was on his tracks like a fish-hawk on a herring-gull.

    The Strand Magazine, Volume XXVII, Issue 160, April, 1904

    Various

  • This is a totally different bird, rather like a herring-gull in miniature, but with a green beak and short, black legs.

    Birds in Flight

    W. P. Pycraft

  • Of the three kinds of gull, the largest, the herring-gull, is also the least difficult to take.

  • One morning, a few days after the discomfiture of the herring-gull, Sir James had another adventure.

    The Strange Story Book

    Mrs. Andrew Lang

  • Thus the Herring-Gull occupies a comparatively small area, although one many times larger than that of the Guillemot.

    Territory in Bird Life

    H. Eliot Howard


British Dictionary definitions for herring gull

herring gull

noun
  1. a common gull, Larus argentatus, that has a white plumage with black-tipped wings and pink legs
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