least tern
noun Date: circa 1860 a very small black-capped tern (Sterna antillarum) with a white body and forehead that is found chiefly in coastal areas of eastern North America and California

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  • Least Tern — Taxobox name = Least Tern status = LC | status system = IUCN3.1 image width = 240px image caption = Least Tern, California subspecies regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Sternidae genus = Sternula… …   Wikipedia

  • least tern — noun : a very small tern of temperate No. America and Middle America that is usually considered to constitute a race (Sterna albifrons antillarum) of the little tern * * * least tern, a small, gray and white American tern, about nine inches long …   Useful english dictionary

  • least tern — nykštukinė žuvėdra statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Sterna antillarum angl. least tern vok. Amerikanischer Zwergseeschwalbe, f pranc. petite sterne, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tikrosios žuvėdros …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • California Least Tern — Taxobox name = California Least Tern status = EN | status system = IUCN3.1 regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes familia = Sternidae genus = Sternula species = S. antillarum subspecies = S. a. brownii trinomial …   Wikipedia

  • Tern — (t[ e]rn), n. [Dan. terne, t[ae]rne; akin to Sw. t[ a]rna, Icel. [thorn]erna; cf. NL. sterna.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged aquatic birds, allied to the gulls, and belonging to {Sterna} and various allied genera. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Tern — Taxobox name = Terns image width = 250px image caption =Greater Crested Tern regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Charadriiformes subordo = Lari familia = Sternidae familia authority = Bonaparte, 1838 subdivision ranks =… …   Wikipedia

  • least — adj., n., & adv. adj. 1 smallest, slightest, most insignificant. 2 (prec. by the; esp. with neg.) any at all (it does not make the least difference). 3 (of a species or variety) very small (least tern). n. the least amount. adv. in the least… …   Useful english dictionary

  • tern — tern1 /terrn/, n. any of numerous aquatic birds of the subfamily Sterninae of the family Laridae, related to the gulls but usually having a more slender body and bill, smaller feet, a long, deeply forked tail, and a more graceful flight, esp.… …   Universalium

  • least bittern — Bittern Bit tern, n. [OE. bitoure, betore, bitter, fr. F. butor; of unknown origin.] (Zo[ o]l.) A wading bird of the genus {Botaurus}, allied to the herons, of various species. [1913 Webster] Note: The common European bittern is {Botaurus… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hooded tern — Tern Tern (t[ e]rn), n. [Dan. terne, t[ae]rne; akin to Sw. t[ a]rna, Icel. [thorn]erna; cf. NL. sterna.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged aquatic birds, allied to the gulls, and belonging to {Sterna} and various allied genera …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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