sooty tern
noun Date: 1785 a widely distributed tern (Sterna fuscata) of tropical oceans that is blackish above and white below — called also wideawake

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  • Sooty Tern — Onychoprion fuscatus nubilosus (or O. f. oahuensis) on Tern Island (French Frigate Shoals) Conservation status …   Wikipedia

  • Sooty tern — Sooty Soot y, a. [Compar. {Sootier}; superl. {Sootiest}.] [AS. s?tig. See {Soot}.] 1. Of or pertaining to soot; producing soot; soiled by soot. Fire of sooty coal. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a dark brown or black color like soot;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sooty tern — tamsioji žuvėdra statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas atitikmenys: lot. Sterna fuscata angl. sooty tern vok. Rußseeschwalbe, f rus. тёмная крачка, f pranc. sterne fuligineuse, f ryšiai: platesnis terminas – tikrosios žuvėdros …   Paukščių pavadinimų žodynas

  • sooty tern — soot′y tern′ n. orn a black and white tern, Sterna fuscata, of small tropical islands • Etymology: 1775–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • sooty tern — a black and white tern, Sterna fuscata, of small tropical islands. Also called wide awake. [1775 85] * * * …   Universalium

  • sooty tern — noun : a tern (Sterna fuscata) that is widely distributed on tropical coasts and is blackish above and white below …   Useful english dictionary

  • sooty tern —    Ewa ewa …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • Sooty — Soot y, a. [Compar. {Sootier}; superl. {Sootiest}.] [AS. s?tig. See {Soot}.] 1. Of or pertaining to soot; producing soot; soiled by soot. Fire of sooty coal. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a dark brown or black color like soot; fuliginous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Sooty albatross — Sooty Soot y, a. [Compar. {Sootier}; superl. {Sootiest}.] [AS. s?tig. See {Soot}.] 1. Of or pertaining to soot; producing soot; soiled by soot. Fire of sooty coal. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. Having a dark brown or black color like soot;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

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