noun \ˈtərn\

: a kind of bird that lives near the ocean, is usually black and white, and has long wings and a tail with two points

Full Definition of TERN

:  any of various chiefly marine birds (subfamily Sterninae of the family Laridae and especially genus Sterna) that differ from the related gulls in usually smaller size, a more slender build, a sharply pointed bill, narrower wings, and an often forked tail

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Origin of TERN

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Dan terne tern
First Known Use: 1678


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