roseate tern

noun

Definition of roseate tern

: a medium-sized tern (Sterna dougallii) that is widespread at sea and in coastal areas of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and that has a faint roseate tinge to the breast in the breeding season

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Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included a mix of lingering winter birds like Pacific loon, Iceland gulls, and snowy owl, along with new spring arrivals like parasitic jaegers, common terns, a roseate tern, and sooty shearwaters. BostonGlobe.com, "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 7 May 2018 Also spotted on the island were six common loons, two American golden-plovers, two roseate terns, and a seaside sparrow. BostonGlobe.com, "bird sightings," 30 June 2018

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circa 1813, in the meaning defined above

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