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or sea gull

[see-guhl] /ˈsiˌgʌl/
a gull, especially any of the marine species.
Origin of seagull
1535-45; sea + gull1

Sea Gull, The

a play (1896) by Anton Chekhov. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sea-gull
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  • The sea-gull should be painted on the village tavern sign instead of the golden wheatsheaf.

    Field and Hedgerow Richard Jefferies
  • Was it the cry of a sea-gull flying into shelter from the storm which was approaching?

    Where Deep Seas Moan E. Gallienne-Robin
  • "It was only the cry of a sea-gull, I expect," he said to himself, and he half closed his eyes again.

    A Gamble with Life Silas K. Hocking
  • The merry month of May had begun, the “sea-gull” was away with her drift-nets.

    Michael Penguyne William H. G. Kingston
  • So saying he purposely fell heavily against sea-gull and knocked the box on the floor.

    Canadian Fairy Tales Cyrus Macmillan
  • What is that you say,” shrieked poor Nelly; “the ‘sea-gull’ driving on shore?

    Michael Penguyne William H. G. Kingston
  • But the sea-gull stalked peaceably about, protruding its crop; it was not under notice to quit.

    Tales of Two Countries Alexander Kielland
  • Its shoulders are black, and its back like a sea-gull, slate-coloured.

  • On the coast itself; there were the usual sea-birds—the gannet and the sea-gull—and fish in abundance.

  • He swims like a fish and rides waves as easily as a sea-gull.

    The Woodcraft Girls at Camp Lillian Elizabeth Roy
British Dictionary definitions for sea-gull


a popular name for gull1
(NZ) a casual wharf labourer who is not a trade-union member
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Word Origin and History for sea-gull



1540s, from sea + gull (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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