• black tern
    black tern
  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Terne tėrn an inferior tin-plate for roofs and the inside of packing-cases.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. terne, dull.


In literature:

Professor Ansted includes the Common Tern in his list, but only marks it as occurring in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
Under the low trees above-mentioned, sat infinite numbers of a new species of tern, or egg-bird.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
If I had him, I'd eat him quicker than a tern's egg.
"Connor Magan's Luck and Other Stories" by M. T. W.
Nesh trested him, and he terned out a dem traitor.
"Two Knapsacks" by John Campbell
Lord Berwick's park adjoins the village, and in front of the mansion the Tern comes down to join the Severn.
"Handbook to the Severn Valley Railway Illustrative and Descriptive of Places along the Line from Worcester to Shrewsbury" by J. Randall
And so the scudding Snowflake flies with the wind astern, And through the boding twilight are blown the shrilling tern.
"Ballads of Lost Haven" by Bliss Carman
They caught a bird with the hand, which was like a tern.
"The Northmen, Columbus and Cabot, 985-1503" by Various
A few terns swept round and round overhead, soaring or sliding downwards with easy motion.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
The tern, a bird resembling the gull, but more slender and swift.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
How many gulls and terns and partridges were sacrificed before Nature learned this trick!
"Ways of Nature" by John Burroughs

In poetry:

Sea-mew, White Sea-Hawk and Raven,
All the fleet at evening swings
Quietly in this western haven,
Murmuring at their mooring-rings:
Tern and Solan Goose and Raven
Where the moorland curlew sings.
"Johnnie of the Silver Feather" by Hamish Maclaren

In news:

Main piece: We accompany Cornell researchers as they check out a small island on Oneida Lake, which is an annual nesting ground for common terns .
Last week's high water event at the lake is partially to blame for the early departure of the nesting arctic terns in the area.
Tern 's sponsorship of the November 5-7 summit in Los Angeles will help bring together advocacy leaders who will work on an ambitious plan for the state's cycling future in 2012 and beyond.
Just as human "snowbirds" flock to the Sunshine State for our warmer winter months, the royal terns also vie for the same sandy shores here to escape harsh winters.
Disturbing least terns is a very big no-no.
Arctic Terns are virtually always shorter-legged than Common Terns .
We now know that it is the normal plumage of one-year-old Arctic Terns (and that most other terns have an analogous plumage).
What to look for to tell apart beautiful, long-winged Arctic, Common, and Forster's Terns .
They may have flown by me in years past, but fast-moving gulls and terns are hard for me to identify.
Last year Chuck Tague gave me a good tip on identifying terns and I wrote it in my field guide: Look at the bills and legs.
I now see that sandwich terns are easy too.
A Black Tern zips through the sky above Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge in northern Minnesota.
Visit this sandy spot just outside Wilmington for views of nesting Least Tern, Black Skimmer, American Oystercatcher, and Wilson's Plover.
Common Tern Band # 1322-09499.
A flock of Chinese crested terns is seen on Penghu on Nov 25.

In science:

Terning, “Large N QCD from rotating branes”, Phys.
Large N field theories from superstrings
First we shall show that the G(D (n) ) action on (Q± terns and free irreducibility of words.
On a series of finite automata defining free transformation groups
Terning, Negative Contributions To S From Ma jorana Particles, Phys.
Natural fourth generation of leptons
Csaba Cs´aki, Michael Graesser, Lisa Randall and John Terning.
Hubble Law and Brane Matter after Ekpyrosis
Terning, Large corrections to electroweak parameters in technicolor theories, Phys.
The fifth dimension as an analogue computer for strong interactions at the LHC