sea swallow


noun

any of several terns, especially Sterna hirundo.
British Dialect. any of several small petrels, especially the storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus.

Origin of sea swallow

First recorded in 1590–1600
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sea swallow

noun

a popular name for tern 1
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