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

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sea swallow
 
n
a popular name for tern

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It was once called sea swallow for its delicate, graceful and buoyant flight.
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