[ sheer-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈʃɪərˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /
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Example sentences from the Web for shearwater
Coultas (field notes) gives an interesting account of nesting activities of this shearwater at the Palau Islands.The Avifauna of Micronesia, Volume 3|Rollin H. Baker
British Dictionary definitions for shearwater
/ (ˈʃɪəˌwɔːtə) /
any of several oceanic birds of the genera Puffinus, such as P. puffinus (Manx shearwater), Procellaria, etc, specialized for an aerial or aquatic existence: family Procellariidae, order Procellariiformes (petrels)
Word Origin for shearwater
C17: so named because their wings seem to clip the waves when they are flying low
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