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kittiwake

[ kit-ee-weyk ]
/ ˈkɪt iˌweɪk /
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noun

either of two small, pearl-gray gulls of the genus Rissa, the black-legged R. tridactyla of the North Atlantic and the red-legged and red-billed R. brevirostris, of the Bering Sea, both nesting on narrow cliff ledges and having a rudimentary hind toe.

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Origin of kittiwake

First recorded in 1655–65; imitative
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kittiwake
/ (ˈkɪtɪˌweɪk) /

noun

either of two oceanic gulls of the genus Rissa, esp R. tridactyla, having a white plumage with pale grey black-tipped wings and a square-cut tail

Word Origin for kittiwake

C17: of imitative origin
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