Mother Carey's chickenMother Car·ey's chicken
Origin of Mother Carey's chicken; from 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