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Any of several predominantly white, swift-flying seabirds of the genus Phaethon of warm regions, having a pair of very long central tail feathers.
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(Animals) any aquatic bird of the tropical family Phaethontidae, having long slender tail feathers and a white plumage with black markings: order Pelecaniformes (pelicans, cormorants, etc)
[C17: so called because it is found in the tropical regions]
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|Noun||1.||tropicbird - mostly white web-footed tropical seabird often found far from land|
pelecaniform seabird - large fish-eating seabird with four-toed webbed feet
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