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tropic bird

or tropicbird

any of several web-footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers.
Also called boatswain bird.
Origin of tropic bird
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The tropic bird is a species of gull, about the size of a partridge.

    A Voyage round the World W.H.G. Kingston
  • In the morning of the 9th, being in latitude 38 29' S. we saw a tropic bird which in so high a latitude is very uncommon.

  • However, a tropic bird flew past and put the lesser matter out of mind.

    Jungle Peace William Beebe
  • Five minutes later, Mr. Gibney was aboard the tropic bird and had presented himself at her master's cabin.

    Captain Scraggs Peter B. Kyne
  • She was like a tropic bird seen amid the scant foliage of northern hills.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • He could hardly ride back to Tai-o-hae, and he departed with the tropic bird without saying another word to any one.

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