• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Sea-mew the common gull, any gull—also Sea′-maw (Scot.)
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. ; Dut. zee, Ger. see, Ice. sær, Dan. .


In literature:

For some days we saw a great number of aquatic birds, sea-mews or gulls.
"Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea" by Jules Verne
They are perhaps only the cry of the sea-mew, that funereal bird of the tempest, whose presence portends shipwreck.
"Child of a Century, Complete" by Alfred de Musset
On their right, towards the direction of Menilmontant, the sea-mew's cry at intervals gave the strength and courage.
"I Will Repay" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy
I suppose we are to stick to the story of the sea-mews at Gozo?
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Frederick Marryat
I suppose we are to stick to the story of the sea-mews at Gozo?
"Mr. Midshipman Easy" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Although not a fast sailer she was an excellent sea-boat, and danced on the billows like a sea-mew.
"The Red Eric" by R.M. Ballantyne
Sea-mews larger than swans, with wings stretching six feet across, fled screaming round the ship.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
Ye screaming sea mews in the concert join!
"Grace Darling" by Eva Hope
An old word for the sea-mew, derived from the Anglo-Saxon.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
Let the sea-mew be thy guide up the glen, if thy delight be in peace profounder than ever sat with her on the lull of summer waves!
"Recreations of Christopher North, Volume I (of 2)" by John Wilson

In poetry:

High rose the waves on either side,
Loud screamed the wild sea mew;
But naught could daunt their warrior pride,
They paddled their own canoe.
"Paddle Your Own Canoe" by James Madison Bell
To drift with the drifting clouds,
And blow with the blow of breezes,
To ripple with waves and murmur with caves
To soar, as the sea-mew pleases!
"Wildness" by Cale Young Rice
I spoke, and drew toward a rock,
Where many mews made twittering sweet;
Their wings upreared, the clustering flock
Did pat the sea-grass with their feet.
"Sea-Mews In Winter Time" by Jean Ingelow
Then list the moan
Of the billows' foam,
Laving with surges thy silv'ry beach!
Night's dewy eye,
The sea-mew's lone cry,
Witness my presence and utter my speech.
"“Memento”" by Mary Baker Eddy
"Thy token is safe i' t' Boggle Nook
(T' sea-mew plains when t' sun clims doon)
Thou can finnd it thisel, if thou'll gan an' look,
When t' tide cooms hoamin' in."
"Jenny Storm" by F W Moorman
The sunset lingered in the pale green West:
In rosy wastes the low soft evening star
Woke; while the last white sea-mew sought for rest;
And tawny sails came stealing o'er the bar.
"The Phantom Fleet" by Alfred Noyes