sea·​gull ˈsē-ˌgəl How to pronounce seagull (audio)
: a gull frequenting the sea
broadly : gull

Examples of seagull in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Avian flu is a type A influenza virus that originated in birds and has been detected in more than a hundred species like seagulls, owls and ducks in the US since 2022. Carma Hassan, CNN, 1 Apr. 2024 Researchers interested in such questions often have to compare different species with contrasting behaviors — say, a seagull and a hummingbird, both of which fly, but with different movements at different speeds. Quanta Magazine, 11 Mar. 2024 Just be wary of hungry seagulls, who might swoop in for a bite of your food. Joshua Mandell, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 If that’s news to you, consider this lovely episode of Radiolab, which digs into research from the 1970s on the female seagulls that nested and raised chicks together. Rachel Wilkerson Miller, SELF, 27 Dec. 2023 And a flock of seagulls is wonderful for the evocative simplicity of the birds’ construction (the little wire that makes each one able to turn its head is the kind of tiny, extra-thoughtful touch that appears throughout the show). Sara Holdren, Vulture, 17 Jan. 2024 Everything to Know About Taylor Swift's '1989 (Taylor's Version)' Swifties will notice that the light blue button-down cardigan takes inspiration from the album's cover art, with its seagull design embroidered on the back and cream-colored stripes positioned around its collar and hem. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 The crayfish are still walking, the seagulls are flying, the cats are meowing, and the waves are lapping. Leo Barraclough, Variety, 31 Oct. 2023 But that beachy happy ending comes full circle exactly nine years later on 1989 (Taylor’s Version), with cover art that features Swift serenely on the shore surrounded by seagulls, frozen in that moment of time. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 27 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of seagull was in 1542

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“Seagull.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

sea gull

: a gull that lives near the sea

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