black-footed albatross

noun

black-foot·​ed albatross ˈblak-ˌfu̇-təd- How to pronounce black-footed albatross (audio)
: an albatross (Diomedea nigripes) of the Pacific that is chiefly blackish with dusky bill and black feet and legs

called also gooney

Examples of black-footed albatross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The count starts in December and must be completed in 21 days by the Nesting Albatross Census Team, which tracks two species of seabirds on the island: the black-footed albatross and the Laysan albatross. Erika I. Ritchie, Orange County Register, 5 Feb. 2024 These species, none of which are currently listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act, include the rufous hummingbird, golden-winged warbler and black-footed albatross. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 16 Oct. 2022 His team saw their first black-footed albatross nest there last year, a feat for the endangered species. Ku‘u Kauanoe, USA TODAY, 29 Sep. 2022 Scientists have begun to gather genetic data on stressed species like Jonah crabs, the black-footed albatross, and narwhals in a nascent bid to genetically modify animals to deal with changing conditions. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, 24 Feb. 2022 Watch to see the journey of these black-footed albatross. Meagan Cantwell, Science | AAAS, 2 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of black-footed albatross was in 1839

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“Black-footed albatross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/black-footed%20albatross. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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