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[kit-ee-weyk] /ˈkɪt iˌweɪk/
either of two small, pearl-gray gulls of the genus Rissa, the black-legged R. tridactyla of the North Atlantic and the red-legged and red-billed R. brevirostris, of the Bering Sea, both nesting on narrow cliff ledges and having a rudimentary hind toe.
Origin of kittiwake
1655-65; imitative Unabridged
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  • kittiwake colony in a narrow ravine with steep cliffs.
  • Once a fox tags a kittiwake it must go willingly to the fox den.
  • Visitors will enjoy views of the glacier, interesting geologic features and a large kittiwake rookery.
British Dictionary definitions for kittiwake


either of two oceanic gulls of the genus Rissa, esp R. tridactyla, having a white plumage with pale grey black-tipped wings and a square-cut tail
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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