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tern 1

 (tûrn)
n.
Any of various seabirds primarily of the genus Sterna found worldwide, typically smaller than a gull and having a forked tail.

[Of Scandinavian origin.]

tern 2

 (tûrn)
n.
1. Games A set of three, especially a combination of three numbers that wins a lottery.
2. A three-masted schooner.

[Middle English terne, from Old French, from ternes, from Latin ternās, accusative pl. of ternī, three each, from ter, thrice; see trei- in Indo-European roots.]

tern

(tɜːn)
n
(Animals) any aquatic bird of the subfamily Sterninae, having a forked tail, long narrow wings, a pointed bill, and a typically black-and-white plumage: family Laridae (gulls, etc), order Charadriiformes
[C18: from Old Norse therna; related to Norwegian terna, Swedish tärna]

tern

(tɜːn)
n
1. (Nautical Terms) a three-masted schooner
2. rare a group of three
[C14: from Old French terne, from Italian terno, from Latin ternī three each; related to Latin ter thrice, trēs three]

tern

(tɜrn)

n.
any of various web-footed aquatic birds of the subfamily Sterninae (family Laridae), resembling gulls, though typically smaller and slimmer.
[1670–80; < Dan terne or Norwegian terna, c. Old Norse therna]

Tern

 set of three; trio; triplet; a group of three stanzas in poetry, 1856.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tern - small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tailtern - small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail
larid - long-winged web-footed aquatic bird of the gull family
sea swallow, Sterna hirundo - common tern of Eurasia and America having white black and grey plumage
Translations

tern

[tɜːn] Ngolondrina f de mar
common terncharrán m común

tern

n (Zool) → Seeschwalbe f
References in periodicals archive ?
The nests of Little and Fairy Terns are typical of those constructed by the Sternidae family, a shallow scrape in the sand, and are often lined with small shells, shell fragments and small pieces of vegetation when available (Reside 2003).
Terns are seabirds of the Sternidae family seen in many parts of the world.