1675-85; variant of algatross frigate bird < Portuguesealcatraz pelican, probably < Arabical-ghaṭṭāṣ a kind of sea eagle, literally, the diver; -b- for -g- perhaps by association with Latinalbus white (the bird's color)
But while it may be endangered, the albatross book is by no means extinct.
The point is that the traditional college is fast becoming an albatross.
Every time you open a can of tuna, an albatross dies.
There have been rumors over the years that the bank considers the hall an albatross and covets its space for office expansion.
Few can be failed to be saddened by pictures of albatross chicks that have died after consuming plastic marine litter.
While multinational companies have turned consulting into a big money maker, the term can be an albatross for individuals.
Amtrak, meanwhile, carries the albatross of being a government-owned corporation.
Yet it seems increasingly clear that party officialdom regards him as something of an albatross.
It would be great to unburden myself of the albatross called the dissertation.
No mere albatross, it stigmatizes its owner in ways that usually leave permanent scars.
British Dictionary definitions for albatross
any large oceanic bird of the genera Diomedea and Phoebetria, family Diomedeidae, of cool southern oceans: order Procellariiformes (petrels). They have long narrow wings and are noted for a powerful gliding flight See also wandering albatross
a constant and inescapable burden or handicap an albatross of debt
(golf) a score of three strokes under par for a hole
C17: from Portuguese alcatraz pelican, from Arabic al-ghattās, from al the + ghattās white-tailed sea eagle; influenced by Latin albus white: C20 in sense 2, from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1670s, probably from Sp./Port. alcatraz "pelican," perhaps derived from Arabic al-ghattas "sea eagle;" or from Port. alcatruz "the bucket of a water wheel," from Arabic al-qadus "machine for drawing water, jar" (from Gk. kados "jar"), in reference to the pelican's pouch (cf. Arabic saqqa "pelican," lit. "water carrier"). Either way, the spelling was influenced by L. albus "white." The name extended, through some mistake, by Eng. sailors to a larger sea-bird (order Tubinares). Albatrosses were considered good luck by sailors; fig. sense of "burden" (1936) is from Coleridge's "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (1798) about the bad luck of a sailor who shoots an albatross and then is forced to wear its corpse as an indication that he, not the whole ship, offended against the bird. The prison-island of Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay is named for pelicans that roosted there.