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or sea bird

[see-burd] /ˈsiˌbɜrd/
a bird frequenting the sea or coast.
Also called seafowl.
Origin of seabird
First recorded in 1580-90; sea + bird Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Some sea bird, seeking shelter, shot past them at a wild speed.

    The Phantom Violin Roy J. Snell
  • The yacht seemed to rest as lightly upon the water as a sea bird.

  • They would not be so useful with their heads cut off as they are now, my sea bird.

    Caesar and Cleopatra George Bernard Shaw
  • Surely the Alaskan pilot must have the eye and the instinct of a sea bird or he could never find a port in that labyrinth.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • Look at those coasting vessels and native boats; both are built in the likeness of the sea bird "sat," a kind of kingfisher.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • This creature, called the Devil by the inhabitants, on account of its deformity, is both a night and sea bird.

  • Where the sun of noon burnished the sea, an opal wave washed, listless, noiseless; a sea bird stretched one listless wing.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • A sea bird screamed, soaring over the waste of fog-smothered waters.

    The Mystery of Choice Robert William Chambers
  • It was unfortunate for the sea bird's crew that he chose that particular place for a promenade.

    A Runaway Brig; James Otis
  • And the woman said, "Oh, sea bird with the white collar, I wish we had children like you."

    Canadian Fairy Tales Cyrus Macmillan
British Dictionary definitions for sea bird

sea bird

a bird such as a gull, that lives on the sea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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