A dead Arctic tern was on the beach only 90 feet away and visible to the gyrfalcon.
The bird which produces the guano is a sort of tern, with red bill and legs.
These characters alone are sufficient to distinguish the tern from any of the Gulls; but it presents yet more striking features.
As regards pace on the wing the kingfisher is no match for the tern.
There is a tern and stringent law of our great Church which forbids its servants suing for a lady's hand.
Many miles of coast may be traversed without one ever seeing a tern.
The tern, a bird resembling the gull, but more slender and swift.
This tern is seldom or never seen at any distance from the sea.
The first tern expresses his Devotion to his love's service.
The tern are far away, and so, thank Heaven, are the mosquitoes.
gull-like shore bird (subfamily Sterninae), 1670s, via East Anglian dialect, from a Scandinavian source (cf. Danish terne, Swedish tärna, Færoese terna) related to Old Norse þerna "tern," cognate with Old English stearn "starling."
Extreme; unmitigated: Terminal cuteness is the dread disease of too much Southern writing
[1990s+; based on the medical sense ''fatal, incurable'']