shearwater

noun shear·wa·ter \ ˈshir-ˌwȯ-tər , -ˌwä- \
Updated on: 9 May 2018

Definition of shearwater

: any of numerous oceanic birds (especially genus Puffinus) that are related to the petrels and usually skim close to the waves in flight

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