Mother Carey's chicken

[ kair-eez ]
/ ˈkɛər iz /

noun

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

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Origin of Mother Carey's chicken

First recorded in 1760–70; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for mother carey's chicken

Mother Carey's chicken
/ (ˈkɛərɪz) /

noun

another name for storm petrel

Word Origin for Mother Carey's chicken

origin unknown
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