- 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
Mr. Brose saw him, and was on his tracks like a fish-hawk on a herring-gull.
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.The Art and Practice of Hawking
Edward B. Michell
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
- a common gull, Larus argentatus, that has a white plumage with black-tipped wings and pink legs
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