- any of several terns, especially Sterna hirundo.
- British Dialect. any of several small petrels, especially the storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus.
Origin of sea swallow
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A name on our northern coasts for the Sterna hirundo, the tern, or sea-swallow.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
The Italians compare it with the sea-swallow, which is a gull.Love's Meinie
The sea-swallow is said to get his food in a very singular way.The Book of Curiosities
The sea-swallow shot past him, too, with its low mournful cry.She's All the World to Me
The sea-swallow shot over him too, with its low, mournful cry.The Deemster
- a popular name for tern 1