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 Investigators told the station that the injured seagull described as a laughing gull was later euthanized because of a broken wing. Garfield Hylton, Orlando Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Two little gulls and a lingering laughing gull in Westport Harbor, a greater yellowlegs in Dartmouth and a flock of 16 red crossbills in the Freetown-Fall River State Forest. Isabela Rocha,, 10 Dec. 2022 In Hampshire County, notable sightings at the Oxbow Marina included a black-bellied plover, a ruddy turnstone, a whimbrel, and a laughing gull., 28 Aug. 2021 Wachusett Reservoir hosted 16 common mergansers, three Bonaparte’s gulls, a laughing gull, and a common tern., 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., 24 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laughing gull was in 1731

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“Laughing gull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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