sooty tern


a black and white tern, Sterna fuscata, of small tropical islands.

Origin of sooty tern

First recorded in 1775–85
Also called wide-awake. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples 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