great crested tern


Definition of great crested tern

: a large tern (Sterna bergii synonym Thalasseus bergii) of Africa, Asia, and Australia with a yellow bill and prominent black crest My fellow expedition members brandished binoculars and pointed out birds on a sandbar: purple herons, great crested terns— Henry Allen, Forbes, 9 May 1994

called also crested tern, greater crested tern, large crested tern

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1994, in the meaning defined above

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“Great crested tern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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