wandering albatross

noun

Definition of wandering albatross

: a large white albatross (Diomedea exulans) of southern oceans that has black outer wing feathers and a wingspan of about 11 feet (3.4 meters)

Examples of wandering albatross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Humpback whales, elephant seals, and the wandering albatross, a seabird with a wingspan as long as a male great white shark, all call this area home. Leah Feiger, The Atlantic, "Antarctica Is Running Out of Wilderness," 3 Mar. 2021 The wandering albatross looks not much different from a seagull, except it’s enormous. Colin Daileda, Longreads, "Albatross People," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of wandering albatross

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Wandering albatross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wandering%20albatross. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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