ring-billed gull

noun (1)
\ ˈriŋ-ˌbild-\

Definition of ring-billed gull

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: a North American gull (Larus delawarensis) that as an adult is largely white with a gray mantle, dark wing tips, yellowish feet and legs, and a yellow bill with a black ring towards the tip

ring-billed duck

noun (2)
variants: or ring-billed blackhead or ring-billed bluebill \ ˈ⸗ˌ⸗-​ \

Definition of ring-billed duck (Entry 2 of 2)

First Known Use of ring-billed gull

Noun (1)

1839, in the meaning defined above

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