frigate bird

or frig·ate·bird

  1. any of several predacious seabirds of the genus Fregata, having fully webbed feet.

Origin of frigate bird

First recorded in 1730–40

Words Nearby frigate bird Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use frigate bird in a sentence

  • One time a great frigate bird perched on a curtain rod and ballooned its ruby red throat up to the size of an elephant’s goiter.

    I Saw the World on Cruise Ships | Devin Murphy | January 19, 2021 | Outside Online
  • The humming-bird represents the perfection of one method, the frigate bird of the other, and in his own line each is unrivaled.

  • Even the living frigate bird blends the early joints of the backbone into a compact mass like a sacrum.

    Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
  • All day they skimmed like a frigate bird across the face of Canada, at an altitude of about two thousand feet.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic | S. E. Chapman
  • He concluded the lesson by descending a dizzy flight of ledges to rob the nest of a frigate bird.

    Into the Primitive | Robert Ames Bennet
  • But these birds and the frigate bird are sea and ocean species, and, with rare exceptions, are able to rest upon the waters.

    Poachers and Poaching | John Watson

British Dictionary definitions for frigate bird

frigate bird

  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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