black-backed gull

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n black-backed gull white gull having a black back and wings
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Usage

In literature:

Its shoulders are black, and its back like a sea-gull, slate-coloured.
"Expedition into Central Australia" by Charles Sturt
The Dominican or black-backed gulls are very numerous and remain on the island all the year round.
"The Home of the Blizzard" by Douglas Mawson
Professor Ansted includes the Lesser Black-backed Gull in his list, but only marks it as occurring in Guernsey.
"Birds of Guernsey (1879)" by Cecil Smith
The great black-backed gull said no more, but wheeled on as if nothing had happened.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
I thought it was one o' they big black-backed gulls, but it warn't that.
"Sappers and Miners" by George Manville Fenn
The Manx and Erse term for the black-backed gull.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The young of the great black-backed gull.
"Golden Days for Boys and Girls" by Various
The harsh cry of a black-backed gull rang across the flats and small wading birds whistled about the water's edge.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
This Gull shares with the Great Black-backed Gull the honor of being the largest of the Gulls, being 28 inches in length.
"The Bird Book" by Chester A. Reed
The Gulls are a numerous family, the Common Gull, the Herring Gull, the Great Black-Backed Gull and the Ivory Gull being well known species.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
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In poetry:

We should have stood on the gulls' black cliffs and heard the sea
And seen the moon's white track,
I would have called, you would have come to me
And kissed me back.
"In Nunhead Cemetery" by Charlotte Mary Mew
The fields quivering, the skyline a grimace,
At any second to bang and vanish with a flap;
The wind flung a magpie away and a black-
Back gull bent like an iron bar slowly. The house
"Wind" by Ted Hughes

In news:

"Great black-backed gulls nest on Little Gull ," she says, "as well as herring gulls , double-crested cormorants, and possibly a pair of oyster catchers.
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