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herring gull

noun
1.
a common, large gull, Larus argentatus, of the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of herring gull
1820-1830
1820-30, Americanism
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  • Thus the herring-gull occupies a comparatively small area, though one which is many times larger than that of the Guillemot.

    Territory in Bird Life H. Eliot Howard
  • Mr. Brose saw him, and was on his tracks like a fish-hawk on a herring-gull.

  • Thus the herring-gull occupies a comparatively small area, although one many times larger than that of the Guillemot.

    Territory in Bird Life H. Eliot Howard
  • This is a totally different bird, rather like a herring-gull in miniature, but with a green beak and short, black legs.

    Birds in Flight W. P. Pycraft
  • One morning, a few days after the discomfiture of the herring-gull, Sir James had another adventure.

    The Strange Story Book Mrs. Andrew Lang
  • Of the three kinds of gull, the largest, the herring-gull, is also the least difficult to take.

British Dictionary definitions for herring-gull

herring gull

noun
1.
a common gull, Larus argentatus, that has a white plumage with black-tipped wings and pink legs
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