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frigate bird

or frig·ate·bird

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noun
  1. any of several predacious seabirds of the genus Fregata, having fully webbed feet.
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Origin of frigate bird

First recorded in 1730–40
Also called man-o'-war bird.
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Examples from the Web for frigate bird

Historical Examples

  • His true home, like that of the frigate-bird and one or two others, is the air.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 86, December, 1864

    Various

  • “And the frigate-bird has espied them too,” exclaimed the mate.

    The South Sea Whaler

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • This astounding swiftness equals even that of the frigate-bird.

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

  • The frigate-bird is of the orthodox piratical colour—black—but has a vermilion beak and a few white patches on its throat.

  • In the frigate-bird, the deeply scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.


British Dictionary definitions for frigate bird

frigate bird

noun
  1. any bird of the genus Fregata and family Fregatidae, of tropical and subtropical seas, having a long bill with a downturned tip, a wide wingspan, and a forked tail: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)Also called: man-of-war bird
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