frigate bird


Definition of frigate bird

: any of a family (Fregatidae, containing a single genus Fregata) of tropical seabirds having a forked tail and large wingspans that are noted for aggressively taking food from other birds

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Recent Examples on the Web Mammoth tusks carved with hunting scenes and with images of Polynesian chiefs, and bone spears from the Aleutian islands, rubbed dusty shoulders with fragments of Indian canoes, a giant stuffed frigate bird and war clubs from the Fiji islands. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Mar. 2021 The nests of various boobies and frigate birds are scattered amidst the greenery underfoot, while their owners dot the sky overhead by the dozens. National Geographic, 2 Jan. 2020 In front of us, frigate birds and gray pelicans paraglided on the wind. Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2019 Danae explained the Pacific birds, including the magnificent frigate birds, with their Jurassic wingspans. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 June 2019 Or just hang out at the infinity pool and watch the soaring pterodactyl-like frigate birds, or look for geckos while performing mojito quality checks on the latest shipment of mint. By Brian Melton, star-telegram, 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of frigate bird

1738, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of frigate bird was in 1738

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“Frigate bird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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