tropic bird
noun Date: circa 1671 any of a genus (Phaethon of the family Phaethontidae) of web-footed birds that are related to the pelicans, are found chiefly in tropical seas often far from land, and have mostly white satiny plumage marked with a little black, a greatly elongated central pair of tail feathers, and a brightly colored bill

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  • Tropic bird — Tropic Trop ic, a. Of or pertaining to the tropics; tropical. [1913 Webster] {Tropic bird} (Zo[ o]l.), any one of three species of oceanic belonging to the genus {Pha[ e]thon}, found chiefly in tropical seas. They are mostly white, and have two… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tropic bird — n. any of a family (Phaethontidae) of tropical pelecaniform sea birds characterized by white plumage with black markings and a pair of long tail feathers …   English World dictionary

  • tropic bird — any of several web footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers. Also, tropicbird. Also called boatswain bird. [1675 85] * *… …   Universalium

  • tropic bird — noun mostly white web footed tropical seabird often found far from land • Syn: ↑tropicbird, ↑boatswain bird • Hypernyms: ↑pelecaniform seabird • Member Holonyms: ↑Phaethon, ↑genus Phaethon * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • tropic bird — bird that lives in hot regions …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tropic bird — trop′ic bird or trop′ic•bird n. orn any of several web footed seabirds of the family Phaethontidae, chiefly of tropical seas, having white plumage with black markings and a pair of greatly elongated central tail feathers • Etymology: 1675–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • tropic bird —   Koa e, ula, koa e ula, koa e kea.   See sayings, kahakō, pāuma, cliff …   English-Hawaiian dictionary

  • red-billed tropic bird — noun : a tropic bird (Phaëton aethereus) * * * red billed tropic bird «REHD BIHLD», a white tropic bird with a bright orange red bill. It is found throughout the warmer parts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans …   Useful english dictionary

  • red-tailed tropic bird — noun : a tropic bird (Phaëton rubricauda) * * * red tailed tropic bird, a tropic bird of the Indian and Pacific oceans, with a white body tinted with pink and a reddish tail …   Useful english dictionary

  • white-tailed tropic bird — noun : a tropic bird (Phaëthon lepturus) that has a yellow bill and white tail …   Useful english dictionary

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