Xema ridibundus
Laughing Laugh"ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster]

{Laughing falcon} (Zo["o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); -- so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh.

{Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or protoxide of nitrogen

{Laughing goose} (Zo["o]l.), the European white-fronted goose.

{Laughing gull}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A common European gull ({Xema ridibundus}); -- called also {pewit}, {black cap}, {red-legged gull}, and {sea crow}. (b) An American gull ({Larus atricilla}). In summer the head is nearly black, the back slate color, and the five outer primaries black.

{Laughing hyena} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena. See {Hyena}.

{Laughing jackass} (Zo["o]l.), the great brown kingfisher ({Dacelo gigas}), of Australia; -- called also {giant kingfisher}, and {gogobera}.

{Laughing owl} (Zo["o]l.), a peculiar owl ({Sceloglaux albifacies}) of New Zealand, said to be on the verge of extinction. The name alludes to its notes. [1913 Webster]


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  • Xema ridibundus — Pewit Pe wit, n. [Prob. of imitative origin; cf. OD. piewit, D. kievit, G. kibitz.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) The lapwing. (b) The European black headed, or laughing, gull ({Xema ridibundus}). See under {Laughing}. (c) The pewee. [Written also {peevit},… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • black cap — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dacelo gigas — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • giant kingfisher — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gogobera — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Herpetotheres cachinnans — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Larus atricilla — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Laughing — Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Laughing falcon — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Laughing gas — Laughing Laugh ing, a. & n. from {Laugh}, v. i. [1913 Webster] {Laughing falcon} (Zo[ o]l.), a South American hawk ({Herpetotheres cachinnans}); so called from its notes, which resemble a shrill laugh. {Laughing gas} (Chem.), hyponitrous oxide,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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