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al·ba·tross

 (ăl′bə-trôs′, -trŏs′)
n. pl. albatross or al·ba·tross·es
1. Any of several large web-footed birds constituting the family Diomedeidae, chiefly of the oceans of the Southern Hemisphere, and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings.
2.
a. A source of worry or distress.
b. An obstacle to success. See Synonyms at burden.

[Probably alteration (influenced by Latin albus, white) of alcatras, pelican, from Portuguese or Spanish alcatraz, from Arabic al-ġaṭṭās : al-, the + ġaṭṭās, diver, sea eagle (from ġaṭasa, to plunge, dive; see ġṭs in Semitic roots). Sense 2, after the albatross in "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which the mariner killed and had to wear around his neck as a penance .]

albatross

(ˈælbəˌtrɒs)
n
1. (Animals) any large oceanic bird of the genera Diomedea and Phoebetria, family Diomedeidae, of cool southern oceans: order Procellariiformes (petrels). They have long narrow wings and are noted for a powerful gliding flight. See also wandering albatross
2. a constant and inescapable burden or handicap: an albatross of debt.
3. (Golf) golf a score of three strokes under par for a hole
[C17: from Portuguese alcatraz pelican, from Arabic al-ghattās, from al the + ghattās white-tailed sea eagle; influenced by Latin albus white: C20 in sense 2, from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) by Samuel Taylor Coleridge]

al•ba•tross

(ˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒs)

n., pl. -tross•es, (esp. collectively) -tross for 1.
1. Also called gooney bird. any of several large, web-footed, mostly white birds of the family Diomedeidae, of S and tropical oceanic waters, having a large wingspread and able to remain aloft for long periods.
2. a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
3. something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
[1675–85; variant of algatross frigate bird < Portuguese alcatraz pelican]

albatross

Three under par for a hole.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.albatross - (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps; "she was an albatross around his neck"
deterrent, hinderance, hindrance, impediment, balk, baulk, handicap, check - something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
2.albatross - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wingsalbatross - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
oceanic bird, pelagic bird - bird of the open seas
Diomedea exulans, wandering albatross - very large albatross; white with wide black wings
black-footed albatross, Diomedea nigripes, gooney, gooney bird, goonie, goony - a variety of albatross with black feet

albatross

noun
an albatross around your neck burden, worry, trouble, trial, weight, heavy responsibility, stress, anxiety, liability, obstruction, millstone, encumbrance The drive towards privatization could become a political albatross around the party's neck
Translations
albatros
albatrossi
albatrosburnica
albatross

albatross

[ˈælbətrɒs] N
1. (Orn) → albatros m inv
2. (fig) (= burden) → rémora f
to be an albatross around sb's necksuponer una rémora para algn
3. (Golf) → albatros m inv, menos tres m

albatross

[ˈælbətrɒs] n (= bird) → albatros m

albatross

nAlbatros m; to be an albatross around somebody’s neckein Mühlstein mum jds Hals sein

albatross

[ˈælbətrɒs] nalbatro
References in classic literature ?
I thanked God there were no big sea-birds in these latitudes; no molly-hawks, no albatrosses, no Cape-hens.
Wandering albatrosses are known to be highly susceptible to bycatch, particularly in pelagic longline fisheries such as those targeting tuna.
Unmindful of the rights and privileges of others around us (the albatrosses in their respective harmlessness) we, like the Mariner, transfix them down under pretext too clumsy for logic.
Sir David Attenborough's six-part series also shows the migration of 50 million red crabs, penguins' sunset courting, lemurs leaping from tree to tree and albatrosses congregating.
A study led by PhD candidate Julie McInnes recommends ongoing monitoring of the diet of albatrosses across a network of key global sites to help understand the impact of fishing and climate change on vulnerable populations.
Albatrosses (Procellariiformes: Diomedeidae) are large birds that mostly occur in the Southern Hemisphere (Sick, 1997).
I certainly don't want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks.
18 ( ANI ): Researchers have finally cracked the mysterby about how albatrosses manage to stay in the air when they travel 10,000 miles in a single journey without flapping their huge wings too much.
Not long after WHOI oceanographer Phil Richardson examined how albatrosses elegantly harness winds and waves to fly (a phenomenon called "dynamic soaring"), he began working with radio-controlled (R/C) glider pilots to see if they could exploit the seabirds' flight strategies.
In fact, albatrosses are being killed in such vast numbers that they can't breed fast enough to keep up, putting them in real danger of extinction.
Incidental mortality from fishing has long been recognized as a threat to the long-term viability of vulnerable seabird populations, particularly albatrosses (Diomedea, Phoebastria, Thalassarche, Phoebetria spp.
But researchers from the French National Centre of Scientific Research and the German Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, who have been observing a breeding colony of wandering albatrosses on the Crozet Islands in the Southern Ocean for the past four decades, report that on average, the birds have gained one kilogram--about ten per cent of their body weight over the past 20 years.