Mother Carey's chicken

[kair-eez]

noun

any of various small petrels, especially the stormy petrel, Oceanites oceanicus.

Origin of Mother Carey's chicken

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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Related Words for mother carey's chicken

harbinger, omen, rebel, raven

British Dictionary definitions for mother carey's chicken

Mother Carey's chicken

noun

another name for storm petrel

Word Origin for Mother Carey's chicken

origin unknown
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