frigate bird


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frig·ate·bird

also frigate bird  (frĭg′ĭt-bûrd′)
n.
Any of various tropical seabirds of the genus Fregata that have long powerful wings, dark plumage, and a hooked beak and characteristically snatch food from other birds in flight. Also called man-o'-war bird.
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frigate bird

n
(Animals) any bird of the genus Fregata and family Fregatidae, of tropical and subtropical seas, having a long bill with a downturned tip, a wide wingspan, and a forked tail: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc). Also called: man-of-war bird
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frig′ate bird`

or frig′ate•bird`,


n.
any of several long-winged, fork-tailed seabirds of the family Fregatidae, of tropical oceans, noted for snatching prey from other birds in flight.
[1730–40]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.frigate bird - long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tailfrigate bird - long-billed warm-water seabird with wide wingspan and forked tail
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
Fregata, genus Fregata - type genus of the Fregatidae
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Fig.1 shows the frigate bird. It belongs to Pelecaniformes, frigate bird family.