a black and white tern, Sterna fuscata, of small tropical islands.
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Also called wide-awake.
Origin of sooty tern
First recorded in 1775–85
Words nearby sooty tern
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Example sentences from the Web for sooty tern
The sooty-tern is sometimes called the sea-swallow, on account of its form and power of flight.Wake-Robin|John Burroughs