Mother Carey's chicken

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Mother Carey's chicken medium-sized storm petrel
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mother Carey's chicken (Zoöl) any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel (Procellaria pelagica), and Leach's petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the North Pacific.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Mother Carey's chicken a sailor's name for the Stormy Petrel
    • Mother Carey's chicken the stormy petrel, or other bird of the same family
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. móder; Dut. moeder, Ice. móðir, Ger. mutter, Ir. and Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mētēr, Sans, mátá, mátri.

Usage

In literature:

Four or five Mother Carey's chickens stormed round in circles, shrieking as they swept past the bows.
""Captains Courageous"" by Rudyard Kipling
We are all Mother Carey's chickens.
"Magnum Bonum" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He at length received help from the petrels, who are Mother Carey's chickens, and so reached Shiny Wall.
"The World's Greatest Books, Volume V." by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton, Eds.
You are one of Mother Carey's chickens; and where you come, the storm is up.
"Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle" by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
Mother Carey's chickens, little birds resembling swallows, began to flit around us, skimming closely along the waves.
"Overland through Asia; Pictures of Siberian, Chinese, and Tartar Life" by Thomas Wallace Knox
They are what sailors call Mother Carey's chickens, you know.
"We and the World, Part II. (of II.)" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
Mother Carey's chickens, noticed, 344.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
Mother Carey's chicken hovers near when the elements are at strife.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
It is known to every English sailor by the name of Mother Carey's chicken.
"Wanderings in South America" by Charles Waterton
One of Mother Carey's chickens told me about it this morning, and I thought we might go and see it before it is all spoiled.
"Lulu's Library, Volume II" by Louisa M. Alcott
Sailors call them Mother Carey's Chickens.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
Am I a harbinger of disaster, like Mother Carey's chickens?
"The Revellers" by Louis Tracy
We are Mother Carey's own chickens, and she sends us out over all the seas, to show the good birds the way home.
"The Water-Babies" by Charles Kingsley
You are one of Mother Carey's chickens; and where you come, the storm is up.
"In a Glass Darkly, v. 1/3" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
The Stormy Petrel or Mother Carey's Chicken, is a small black bird well known to mariners, and familiar to all at sea in stormy weather.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
We shall ride here like a Mother Carey's chicken.
"Practical Boat-Sailing" by Douglas Frazar
Our captain and sailors speak of them as companions in storms, as much as their little relations Mother Carey's chickens.
"Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)" by Maria R. Audubon
Many a minuet did Mother Carey's chickens trip, with their slender web-feet, on the momentary calm left between two billows.
"Retrospect of Western Travel, Volume I (of 2)" by Harriet Martineau
Will a sailor view without uneasiness the destruction of a Mother Carey's chicken, or a Dutchman, of a stork?
"Mythical Monsters" by Charles Gould
Sailors call these Mother Carey's chickens.
"Seven Legs Across the Seas" by Samuel Murray
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