shear·​wa·​ter | \ˈshir-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

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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Sightings from Race Point in Provincetown included a mix of lingering winter birds like Pacific loon, Iceland gulls, and snowy owl, along with new spring arrivals like parasitic jaegers, common terns, a roseate tern, and sooty shearwaters., "Bird sightings on Cape Cod," 7 May 2018 All those birds, incuding boobies, frigatebirds, noddies, shearwaters and terns, poop. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Coral Reefs Need Fewer Rats and More Bird Poo," 12 July 2018 Two nights are spent on Stewart, whose rain forests and coastal areas harbor a wealth of birds, including albatrosses, shearwaters and several species of penguins. Phil Marty,, "See more of New Zealand, hit India's highlights without busting the budget and more," 1 May 2018 The islands are also protected habitats for Manx shearwaters, northern fulmar, black-legged kittiwake, razorbill, guillemot, peregrine falcon and storm petrel. Julia Blakely, Smithsonian, "The True History of Luke Skywalker’s Monastic Retreat," 11 Jan. 2018 Seabirds that are strong flyers; gulls, shearwaters, petrels, and jaegers; will usually exit the storm first. Taylor Piephoff, charlotteobserver, "Look what the hurricane blew in," 22 Sep. 2017 The island is a nesting site for rare species of petrels, shearwaters and terns. Evan Halper,, "These are the 10 ecologically sensitive landscapes and marine preserves Trump may be targeting," 18 Sep. 2017 And Shearwaters aren’t the only birds that use a sense of smell to navigate. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Seabirds Use Their Sense of Smell to Navigate Open Water," 30 Aug. 2017 In years past, shearwaters have been found beached in large numbers in other parts of the United States. Joe Trezza, New York Times, "A Mystery of Seabirds, Blown Off Course and Starving," 14 July 2017

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circa 1671, in the meaning defined above

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