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seagull

or sea gull

[see-guhl]
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noun
  1. a gull, especially any of the marine species.

Origin of seagull

First recorded in 1535–45; sea + gull1

Sea Gull, The

noun
  1. a play (1896) by Anton Chekhov.
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Examples from the Web for sea gull

Historical Examples

  • A pity, if it should prove to be nothing, or only the chattering of a sea-gull.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

  • Was it the cry of a sea-gull flying into shelter from the storm which was approaching?

    Where Deep Seas Moan

    E. Gallienne-Robin

  • A sea-gull, well known in Northumberland and on the northern coasts.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • The merry month of May had begun, the “Sea-Gull” was away with her drift-nets.

    Michael Penguyne

    William H. G. Kingston

  • What is that you say,” shrieked poor Nelly; “the ‘Sea-Gull’ driving on shore?

    Michael Penguyne

    William H. G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for sea gull

seagull

noun
  1. a popular name for gull 1
  2. NZ a casual wharf labourer who is not a trade-union member
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Word Origin and History for sea gull

seagull

n.

1540s, from sea + gull (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper