albatross
noun (plural -tross or -trosses) Etymology: probably alteration of obsolete alcatrace frigate bird, from Spanish or Portuguese alcatraz pelican, from Arabic al-ghaṭṭās, a kind of sea eagle Date: 1672 1. any of a family (Diomedeidae) of large web-footed seabirds that have long slender wings, are excellent gliders, and include the largest seabirds 2. a. something that causes persistent deep concern or anxiety b. something that greatly hinders accomplishment ; encumbrance

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