whirlybird

noun
whirly·​bird | \ ˈhwər-lē-ˌbərd How to pronounce whirlybird (audio) , ˈwər- \

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Examples of whirlybird in a Sentence

from the sky a police whirlybird was able to track the fleeing carjacker
Recent Examples on the Web In New York City, helicopters giving tourists a whirlybird’s eye view of landmarks account for the majority of take offs. Washington Post, "Official: Pilot who crashed helicopter radioed he was lost," 11 June 2019 Both H-32 and the EBRPD whirlybird landed in a clearing about 200 yards from the hiker. Tom Lochner, The Mercury News, "Brentwood: Hiker airlifted from Round Valley trail," 11 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of whirlybird

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Whirlybird.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whirlybird. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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