tropic bird


Definition of tropic bird

: any of a genus (Phaethon of the family Phaethontidae) of web-footed birds that are related to the pelicans, are found chiefly in tropical seas often far from land, and have mostly white satiny plumage marked with a little black, a greatly elongated central pair of tail feathers, and a brightly colored bill

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Recent Examples on the Web This is true for zebra finches, waved albatrosses, tropic birds and juncos, too. Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2019 The whistles of tropic birds speak of things to come. Ernest Slyman, New York Times, 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of tropic bird

1624, in the meaning defined above

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“Tropic bird.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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