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sea swallow

noun
1.
any of several terns, especially Sterna hirundo.
2.
British Dialect. any of several small petrels, especially the storm petrel, Hydrobates pelagicus.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600
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  • It was once called sea swallow for its delicate, graceful and buoyant flight.
British Dictionary definitions for sea swallow

sea swallow

noun
1.
a popular name for tern1
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