sooty shearwater


noun

See under mutton bird.

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Definition for sooty shearwater (2 of 2)

mutton bird

or mut·ton-bird


noun

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.

Origin of mutton bird

First recorded in 1840–50
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