tropicbird

tropic bird

noun
any of several web-footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers.
Also, tropicbird.
Also called boatswain bird.


Origin:
1675–85

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tropicbird (ˈtrɒpɪkˌbɜːd)
 
n
any aquatic bird of the tropical family Phaethontidae, having long slender tail feathers and a white plumage with black markings: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
 
[C17: so called because it is found in the tropical regions]

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