Mother Carey's chicken
noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1767 storm petrel

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
(Procel laria pelagica)


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  • Mother Carey's chicken — Mother Moth er (m[u^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor; akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh thr, Skr. m[=a]t[.r]; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Mother Carey's chicken — [ker′ēz] n. [< ?] STORM PETREL …   English World dictionary

  • Mother Carey's chicken — noun medium sized storm petrel • Syn: ↑Mother Carey s hen, ↑Oceanites oceanicus • Hypernyms: ↑storm petrel • Member Holonyms: ↑Oceanites, ↑genus Oceanites …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mother Carey's chicken — Moth′er Car′ey s chick′en [[t]ˈkɛər iz[/t]] n. orn storm petrel • Etymology: 1760–70; orig. uncert …   From formal English to slang

  • Mother Carey's chicken — /kair eez/ any of various small petrels, esp. the stormy petrel, Oceanites oceanicus. [1760 70; orig. uncert.] * * * …   Universalium

  • Mother Carey's chicken — noun The storm petrel …   Wiktionary

  • mother carey's chicken — storm petrel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mother carey's chicken — Stormy petrel (Procel laria pelagica) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Mother Carey's chicken — /ˌmʌðə kɛəriz ˈtʃɪkən/ (say .mudhuh kairreez chikuhn) noun any of various storm petrels …   Australian English dictionary

  • Mother Carey's goose — Mother Moth er (m[u^][th] [ e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor; akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh thr, Skr. m[=a]t[.r]; cf …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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