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Mother Carey's chicken

[kair-eez]
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noun
  1. any of various small petrels, especially the stormy petrel, Oceanites oceanicus.

Origin of Mother Carey's chicken

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for mother carey's chicken

Mother Carey's chicken

noun
  1. another name for storm petrel

Word Origin

origin unknown
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