albatross [al-buh-traws, -tros] /ˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒs/ Show IPA
any of several large, web-footed sea birds of the family Diomedeidae that have the ability to remain aloft for long periods.
a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
a lightweight worsted fabric with a crepe or pebble finish.
a plain-weave cotton fabric with a soft nap surface.
1675–85; variant of algatross frigate bird < Portuguese alcatraz pelican, probably < Arabic al-ghaṭṭāṣ a kind of sea eagle, literally, the diver; -b- for -g- perhaps by association with Latin albus white (the bird's color)