Mother Carey's chickenMother Car·ey's chicken
Origin of Mother Carey's chickenfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
Mother Carey's chicken
A petrel, especially a storm-petrel.
Origin of Mother Carey's chickenPossibly alteration and partial translation of Medieval Latin māter cāra Virgin Mary Latin māter mother Latin cāra feminine of cārus dear ; see kā- in Indo-European roots.
(plural Mother Carey's chickens)
- The storm petrel