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short-tailed shearwater

[shawrt-teyld]
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noun
  1. See under mutton bird.

mutton bird

or mut·ton-bird

noun
  1. any of several long-winged seabirds, often used as food, especially Puffinus tenuirostris (short-tailed shearwater) of Australia and Puffinus griseus (sooty shearwater), which breeds in the Southern Hemisphere and winters in the Northern Hemisphere.

Origin of mutton bird

First recorded in 1840–50
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British Dictionary definitions for short-tailed shearwater

short-tailed shearwater

noun
  1. Australian a large Australian shearwater that migrates to the northern hemisphere in the southern winter
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