shearwater

noun
shear·​wa·​ter | \ ˈshir-ˌwȯ-tər How to pronounce shearwater (audio) , -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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Forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins also died. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 Officials recorded deaths of forktail storm petrels, fulmars, shearwaters, kittiwakes, auklets and puffins. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Alaska seabird deaths continue trend tied to warming ocean," 11 Aug. 2018 Keep your eyes peeled for rare wildlife such as the Balearic shearwater and Lilford’s wall lizard. Benjamin Kemper, Condé Nast Traveler, "Spain’s Secret Islands," 14 Feb. 2018 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "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

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circa 1671, in the meaning defined above

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