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 In February, someone reported one wrapped around a herring gull in Canada. Jessica Leigh Hester, Wired, 17 Apr. 2021 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, 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, 23 June 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of herring gull was in 1857

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“Herring gull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/herring%20gull. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

herring gull

: a common large gull of the northern hemisphere that as an adult is largely white and gray with dark wing tips

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