frigate bird

noun

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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Examples of frigate bird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In front of us, frigate birds and gray pelicans paraglided on the wind. Los Angeles Times, "On vacation in Puerto Vallarta? Head south on a jungle path for secluded beaches and pristine views," 7 Sep. 2019 Danae explained the Pacific birds, including the magnificent frigate birds, with their Jurassic wingspans. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 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, "Can You Belize It? Tropical wonderland offers getaway for all types of travelers," 6 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of frigate bird

1738, in the meaning defined above

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“Frigate bird.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/frigate%20bird. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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