Mother Carey's chicken
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Mother Car·ey's chicken(kâr′ēz)
A petrel, especially a storm-petrel.
[Possibly alteration and partial translation of Medieval Latin māter cāra, Virgin Mary : Latin māter, mother + Latin cāra, feminine of cārus, dear; see kā- in Indo-European roots.]
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Mother Carey's chicken(ˈkɛərɪz)
(Animals) another name for storm petrel
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Moth′er Car′ey's chick′en(ˈkɛər iz)
[1760–70; orig. uncertain]
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|Noun||1.||Mother Carey's chicken - medium-sized storm petrel |
storm petrel - any of various small petrels having dark plumage with paler underparts
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