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black-backed gull

[blak-bakt] /ˈblækˌbækt/
any of several white gulls, as Larus marinus (great black-backed gull) having a black back and wings.
Origin of black-backed gull
1770-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A northern name for the Larus marinus, or black-backed gull.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A personal acquaintance of the Doctor was a black-backed gull which had been in captivity for thirty-two years.

  • They went on while the sand got softer, but they saw nothing except a few small wading birds and a black-backed gull.

    Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss
British Dictionary definitions for black-backed gull

black-backed gull

either of two common black-and-white European coastal gulls, Larus fuscus (lesser black-backed gull) and L. marinus (great black-backed gull)
Also called karoro. a southern gull, larus dominicanus, with black feathers on its back
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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