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frigate bird

or frigatebird

any of several predacious seabirds of the genus Fregata, having fully webbed feet.
Also called man-o'-war bird.
Origin of frigate bird
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The cult of the frigate-bird is characteristic of Melanesia, and apparently also extends to the Pelew Islands.

    Evolution in Art Alfred C. Haddon
  • “And the frigate-bird has espied them too,” exclaimed the mate.

    The South Sea Whaler W.H.G. Kingston
  • Strictly speaking, the frigate-bird does not fish, like other predatory birds of the ocean.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • His true home, like that of the frigate-bird and one or two others, is the air.

  • So far the detention of the frigate-bird upon the surface of the sea was explained; but not sufficiently.

    The Ocean Waifs Mayne Reid
  • The frigate-bird is of the orthodox piratical colour—black—but has a vermilion beak and a few white patches on its throat.

  • The frigate-bird is a large bird, which in the day-time keeps itself in the air above the shore of the sea.

    The History of Louisiana Le Page Du Pratz
  • In the frigate-bird, the deeply-scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.

  • In the frigate-bird, the deeply scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.

    On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin
  • On our way back Mr Sedgwick expatiated on the powers and beauty of the frigate-bird.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for frigate-bird

frigate bird

any bird of the genus Fregata and family Fregatidae, of tropical and subtropical seas, having a long bill with a downturned tip, a wide wingspan, and a forked tail: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc) Also called man-of-war bird
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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