laughing gull

noun

Definition of laughing gull

: an American gull (Larus atricilla) having a black head in breeding plumage and black wing tips blending into the gray upper side of the wings

Examples of laughing gull in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Hampshire County, notable sightings at the Oxbow Marina included a black-bellied plover, a ruddy turnstone, a whimbrel, and a laughing gull. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Wachusett Reservoir hosted 16 common mergansers, three Bonaparte’s gulls, a laughing gull, and a common tern. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Aug. 2021 Also affected: Up to 32 percent of laughing gulls and up to a quarter of all brown pelicans. National Geographic, 17 Apr. 2020 Sightings at Race Point in Provincetown included a royal tern, 5 parasitic jaegers, 1,100 laughing gulls, 2 least terns, 175 roseate terns, 2,800 common terns, 4 species of shearwater, and 2 common ravens. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of laughing gull

1731, in the meaning defined above

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“Laughing gull.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laughing%20gull. Accessed 12 Aug. 2022.

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