sea·​bird ˈsē-ˌbərd How to pronounce seabird (audio)
: a bird (such as a gull or an albatross) frequenting the open ocean

Examples of seabird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Audubon’s shearwater, a seabird named for John James Audubon, also will get a new name. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 6 Nov. 2023 Tiny but bountiful, Antarctic krill make up one of the planet’s largest biomasses, nourishing everything from fish to marine mammals and seabirds. Joshua Goodman, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 The news follows recent research that showed some seabirds in the UK—where the outbreak was first reported—are starting to show immunity to H5N1. WIRED, 28 Oct. 2023 The pioneers are the seabirds, whose fishy guano provides a nutritive anchor for air and seaborne seeds. Amy Brady, Scientific American, 17 Oct. 2023 Researchers documented 851 separate conservation events targeting 138 seabird species spanning 551 locations. Angela Wang, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 July 2023 In addition, every year, across the industry, dozens of seabirds collide with the trawlers’ metal cables, sometimes suffering deadly injuries. Joshua Goodman, Fortune, 13 Oct. 2023 At the time, no one had ever successfully re-established a population of seabirds by moving chicks from an existing colony to a new island, per Audubon. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Sep. 2023 Its appearance from 2013-2016 was blamed for the death of 1 million seabirds and had other environmental effects, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. oregonlive, 2 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1564, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of seabird was in 1564

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“Seabird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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sea·​bird ˈsē-ˌbərd How to pronounce seabird (audio)
: a bird (as a gull or an albatross) that lives on or near the open ocean

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