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mutton bird

or mutton-bird

any of several long-winged seabirds, often used as food, especially Puffinus tenuirostris (short-tailed shearwater) of Australia and Puffinus griseus (sooty shearwater) which breeds in the Southern Hemisphere and winters in the Northern Hemisphere.
Origin of mutton bird
1840-50 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Starvation stared them in the face, when it was discovered that Mount Pitt was honeycombed with mutton-bird burrows.

  • The mutton-bird, it will therefore be allowed, is the most prolific of all avian colonists.

  • For food, there was shell-fish and mutton-bird eggs, with no lack of boiling water to cook them.

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