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herring gull

noun
1.
a common, large gull, Larus argentatus, of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of herring gull
1820-1830
An Americanism dating back to 1820-30
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  • It was a herring gull in mature plumage, and its wing was broken.

    The Land's End W. H. Hudson
  • But to return from this digression to the general habits of the herring gull.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The only other sounds I have heard to-day were the herring gull's cackle.

    The Journal of a Disappointed Man Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
  • He was a herring gull, and one of the largest I have ever seen.

  • These are the immature stages of the greater, and lesser black-backed gulls; or of the herring gull.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • These eggs are large in size, and very closely resemble those of the herring gull.

    British Sea Birds Charles Dixon
  • The male was a magnificent blue-gray bird, whose white under-wings were tipped with black like those of a herring gull.

    Everyday Adventures Samuel Scoville
  • 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
  • Young birds are mottled grayish brown and white, of varying shades, but always lighter than the young of the herring gull.

    Bird Guide Chester A. Reed
  • The herring gull is a large and powerful bird, thoroughly competent to dispose of a herring or even a more bulky fish.

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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