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gooney bird

1. (Animals) an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)
[C19 gony (originally sailors' slang), probably from dialect gooney fool, of obscure origin; compare goon]
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(or goon′y) bird`,

2. Slang. a foolish or awkward person or thing; goon.
[1940–45; see goon]
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Noun1.gooney bird - a variety of albatross with black feetgooney bird - a variety of albatross with black feet
mollymawk, albatross - large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
genus Diomedea - type of the Diomedeidae
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