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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Also called boatswain bird.
Origin of tropic bird
First recorded in 1675–85
Words nearby tropic bird
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Example sentences from the Web for tropic bird
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.
British Dictionary definitions for tropic bird
/ (ˈtrɒpɪkˌbɜːd) /
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)
Word Origin for tropicbird
C17: so called because it is found in the tropical regions
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