common loon

noun

Definition of common loon

: a loon (Gavia immer) the size of a small goose having the back black spotted with white, and head and neck nearly all black, and the underparts white, being widely distributed in northern North America and occurring less frequently in northern Europe and Asia

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“Common loon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/common%20loon. Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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