herring gull

noun

Definition of herring gull 

: a common large gull (Larus argentatus) of the northern hemisphere that as an adult is largely white with a gray mantle, dark wing tips, pink feet, and yellow bill

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The family and their fishing hosts were then absorbed in the adventure of a Lake Michigan outing: an orange horizon at dawn, herring gulls in the air, a brisk southeast breeze, the roll of the boat. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Lake Michigan fishery takes on a special shine for annual USSA outing," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of herring gull

1857, in the meaning defined above

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