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

Examples of shearwater in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Also seen was a manx shearwater near Scituate Light, as well as eight pomarine jaegers in Scituate Harbor., 30 Oct. 2021 From Georges Island in Boston Harbor, sightings included flyby eight great shearwaters, a Cory’s shearwater, 16 Wilson’s storm-petrels, a whimbrel, a Forster’s tern, 12 roseate terns, and two cliff swallows., 28 Aug. 2021 But if flocking birds were easily confused in low visibility, which is pretty normal up and down coastal California, then shearwater invasions would be as common as passing rain. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 To continue the species’ recovery, conservationists are building a fence around a vital and remote nesting area, making the shearwater the first marine bird protected under a national conservation plan. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 14 Dec. 2020 This is the bird: Ardenna grisea, the sooty shearwater. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 Cory's shearwaters are long-lived, rarely breeding successfully before age nine. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, 1 May 2020 Observers spotted a Cory’s shearwater at Apponagansett Bay in Dartmouth, a marsh wren at Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary in Plymouth, and a grasshopper sparrow at Daniel Webster Wildlife Sanctuary in Marshfield., 1 Dec. 2019 Some years 90 percent of shearwater fledglings were found to have at least one piece of plastic in their stomachs. Stephen Leahy, National Geographic, 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of shearwater

circa 1671, in the meaning defined above

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“Shearwater.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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