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tropic bird

or trop·ic·bird

  1. 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.
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Origin of tropic bird

First recorded in 1675–85
Also called boatswain bird.
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Examples from the Web for tropic bird

Historical Examples

  • 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


  • At this time, we saw a tropic-bird, and a dolphin, the first that we had observed during the passage.