frigate bird

or frig·ate·bird


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

Origin of frigate bird

1
First recorded in 1730–40

Words Nearby frigate bird

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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

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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