shearwater
noun Date: circa 1671 any of numerous oceanic birds (especially genus Puffinus) that are related to the petrels and usually skim close to the waves in flight

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  • Shearwater — Shear wa ter, n. [Shear + water; cf. G. wassersherer; so called from its running lightly along the surface of the water.] (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of long winged oceanic birds of the genus {Puffinus} and related genera. They are… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • shearwater — [shir′wôt΄ər, shir′wät΄ər] n. [ SHEAR + WATER] any of a genus (Puffinus, family Procellariidae) of black and white tubenose sea birds that skim the water in flight …   English World dictionary

  • Shearwater — Taxobox name = Shearwaters image width = 200px image caption = Audubon s Shearwater chick regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Aves ordo = Procellariiformes familia = Procellariidae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = Calonectris… …   Wikipedia

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  • shearwater — /shear waw teuhr, wot euhr/, n. any of several long winged petrels of the genus Puffinus that appear to shear the water with their wing tips when flying low. [1665 75; SHEAR + WATER] * * * Any of numerous species (family Procellariidae) of long… …   Universalium

  • shearwater — noun Any of various long winged pelagic seabirds in the genera Calonectris or Puffinus, of the family Procellariidae, that breed on islands and coastal cliffs …   Wiktionary

  • shearwater — n. dark colored sea bird with long wings that flies low over water; type of petrel …   English contemporary dictionary

  • shearwater — noun 1》 a long winged seabird related to the petrels, often flying low over the water far from land. [Puffinus and other genera: many species.] 2》 North American term for skimmer (in sense 2) …   English new terms dictionary

  • shearwater — shear•wa•ter [[t]ˈʃɪərˌwɔ tər, ˌwɒt ər[/t]] n. orn any of several long winged petrels, esp. of the genera Puffinus and Calonectris, that fly low over the water in search of food • Etymology: 1665–75 …   From formal English to slang

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