royal tern


Definition of royal tern

: a large tern (Thalasseus maximus) of the southern U.S. and farther southward that is white with a black crown and crest and pearl-gray mantle

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First Known Use of royal tern

1858, in the meaning defined above

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“Royal tern.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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