sea·​bird | \ ˈsē-ˌbərd How to pronounce seabird (audio) \

Definition of seabird

: a bird (such as a gull or an albatross) frequenting the open ocean

Examples of seabird in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The couple’s boat was coming around Cape Blanco off the southern Oregon coast at about 1:30 in the morning when a storm petrel, a small seabird, crashed into the back of Laidlaw’s head and fell into the cockpit. oregonlive, "Oregon wildfires can stress, damage health of wild animals that survive, upend bird migrations," 18 Sep. 2020 For Ramisha Maruf, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the perfect intern experience resulted in her favorite story about a seabird. Kathy Laskowski,, "Award-winning South Florida Sun Sentinel looking for 2021 interns," 11 Sep. 2020 Whether the palm cull will boost seabird populations remains to be seen, says Young, whose students and colleagues are helping monitor the effects. Kenneth R. Weiss, Science | AAAS, "To save this palm-filled paradise, biologists must kill the trees," 27 Aug. 2020 What is new is that scientists have now calculated an exact value for seabird poop. Courtney Sexton, Smithsonian Magazine, "Seabird Poop Is Worth More Than $1 Billion Annually," 10 Aug. 2020 Researchers estimated the annual value of the nitrogen and phosphorus deposited into these ecosystems from seabird poop by calculating the cost to replace them with artificial nutrients. Lauren Kent, CNN, "Seabird poop is worth millions, say scientists trying to save the birds," 6 Aug. 2020 Thanks to convergent evolution, 62-million-year-old penguins and their similar flightless seabird counterparts known as plotopterids, evolved at very different times but in very similar ways. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Monster Penguins Once Roamed New Zealand, and They Had an Evolutionary Twin," 12 July 2020 Walrus eat clams almost exclusively these days, but in the past their diets may have included more fish, seabirds and even seals. Anchorage Daily News, "Lessons from Alaska walrus bones, dusty and stinky," 5 Apr. 2020 The frequency of marine heat waves — which can kill fish, seabirds, coral reefs and seagrasses — has doubled since the 1980s. New York Times, "The World’s Oceans Are in Danger, Major Climate Change Report Warns," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of seabird

1564, in the meaning defined above

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3 Oct 2020

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“Seabird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of seabird

: a bird that lives on or near the sea and finds food in it


sea·​bird | \ ˈsē-ˌbərd How to pronounce seabird (audio) \

Kids Definition of seabird

: a bird (as a gull or puffin) that lives on or near the open ocean

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