shearwater

[ sheer-waw-ter, -wot-er ]
/ ˈʃɪərˌwɔ tər, -ˌwɒt ər /
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noun

any of several long-winged petrels of the genus Puffinus that appear to shear the water with their wing tips when flying low.

Nearby words

  1. shearing gang,
  2. shearing shed,
  3. shearlegs,
  4. shearling,
  5. shears,
  6. sheatfish,
  7. sheath,
  8. sheath knife,
  9. sheath of eyeball,
  10. sheath of schwann

Origin of shearwater

First recorded in 1665–75; shear + water

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British Dictionary definitions for shearwater

shearwater

/ (ˈʃɪəˌwɔːtə) /

noun

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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