frigate bird

or frig·ate·bird



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

Origin of frigate bird

First recorded in 1730–40
Also called man-o'-war bird. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for frigate bird

Historical Examples of frigate bird

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

  • Strictly speaking, the frigate-bird does not fish, like other predatory birds of the ocean.

    The Ocean Waifs

    Mayne Reid

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

  • On our way back Mr Sedgwick expatiated on the powers and beauty of the frigate-bird.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

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

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

British Dictionary definitions for frigate bird

frigate bird


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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