mother careys chicken

Mother Carey's chicken

any of various small petrels, especially the stormy petrel, Oceanites oceanicus.

1760–70; origin uncertain Unabridged
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Mother Carey's chicken (ˈkɛərɪz)
another name for storm petrel
[origin unknown]

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