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

Examples of herring gull in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The little rocky outpost is a sanctuary for a number of bird species with vulnerable populations, including great black-backed and herring gulls, as well as cormorants and shags. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Why sea birds regurgitated thousands of rubber bands on an uninhabited British island," 23 Oct. 2019 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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“Herring gull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herring%20gull. Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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