- 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.
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Examples from the Web for frigate bird
His true home, like that of the frigate-bird and one or two others, is the air.
“And the frigate-bird has espied them too,” exclaimed the mate.The South Sea Whaler
This astounding swiftness equals even that of the frigate-bird.The Bird
The frigate-bird is of the orthodox piratical colour—black—but has a vermilion beak and a few white patches on its throat.The Cruise of the 'Alerte'
E. F. Knight
In the frigate-bird, the deeply scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.On the Origin of Species
- 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