frigate bird

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n frigate bird long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tail
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Frigate bird (Zoöl) a web-footed rapacious bird, of the genus Fregata; -- called also man-of-war bird, and frigate pelican. Two species are known; that of the Southern United States and West Indies is F. aquila. They are remarkable for their long wings and powerful flight. Their food consists of fish which they obtain by robbing gulls, terns, and other birds, of their prey. They are related to the pelicans.
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Usage

In literature:

Its line is believed to survive in the gannets, cormorants, pelicans, and frigate-birds of to-day.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
You are like a frigate bird swooping down upon the boobies and robbing them of the fish they have caught.
"The Sea-Wolf" by Jack London
In the frigate-bird, the deeply-scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
In the frigate-bird, the deeply scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
When we returned to the village our spoils included besides a great number of fish, a few turtle and some young frigate birds.
"By Rock and Pool on an Austral Shore, and Other Stories" by Louis Becke
Colonel Bird was detached up the river on this service, with about five hundred men, under convoy of a frigate and some armed vessels.
"The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5)" by John Marshall
In the frigate-bird, the deeply-scooped membrane between the toes shows that structure has begun to change.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Frigate-birds are numerous; and several sorts of smaller birds in the bush, difficult to get at.
"The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido" by Henry Keppel
It is probably a different species from the frigate-bird, or sea-hawk, of the Eastern tropical seas.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
MAN-OF-WAR BIRD, OR FRIGATE BIRD.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
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In news:

This male Magnificent Frigate Bird hopes his bright red puffed-out throat sac wins approval from a potential mate.
One should not neglect to look overhead to observe birds such as gulls, terns and some exciting tropical visitors such as the magnificent frigate bird soaring overhead.
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. A trickle of sweat tickled my cheek as I lifted my gaze toward a pair of graceful frigate birds circling overhead.
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