any of several web-footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers.
- Also called boatswain bird.
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How to use tropic bird in a sentence
Five minutes later, Mr. Gibney was aboard the tropic bird and had presented himself at her master's cabin.Captain Scraggs | Peter B. Kyne
Like the albatross and the tropic-bird, forever on the wing, For them nor night nor breaking morn may peace nor shelter bring.War Poetry of the South | Various
At this time, we saw a tropic-bird, and a dolphin, the first that we had observed during the passage.
She was like a tropic bird seen amid the scant foliage of northern hills.Wayside Courtships | Hamlin Garland
He could hardly ride back to Tai-o-hae, and he departed with the tropic bird without saying another word to any one.White Shadows in the South Seas | Frederick O'Brien
British Dictionary definitions for tropicbird
any aquatic bird of the tropical family Phaethontidae, having long slender tail feathers and a white plumage with black markings: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
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