Mother Carey's chicken

Mother Carey's chicken

[kair-eez]
noun
any of various small petrels, especially the stormy petrel, Oceanites oceanicus.

Origin:
1760–70; origin uncertain

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Mother Carey's chicken (ˈkɛərɪz)
 
n
another name for storm petrel
 
[origin unknown]

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