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mutton bird

or mut·ton-bird

  1. any of several long-winged seabirds, often used as food, especially Puffinus tenuirostris (short-tailed shearwater) of Australia and Puffinus griseus (sooty shearwater), which breeds in the Southern Hemisphere and winters in the Northern Hemisphere.
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Origin of mutton bird

First recorded in 1840–50
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Historical Examples

  • The mutton-bird, it will therefore be allowed, is the most prolific of all avian colonists.

    The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders

    Ernest Scott

  • For food, there was shell-fish and mutton-bird eggs, with no lack of boiling water to cook them.

    The Moon Rock

    Arthur J. Rees

  • Starvation stared them in the face, when it was discovered that Mount Pitt was honeycombed with mutton-bird burrows.