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 m&amacron;ter c&amacron;ra, Virgin Mary : Latin m&amacron;ter, mother + Latin c&amacron;ra, feminine of c&amacron;rus, dear; see k&amacron;- in Indo-European roots.
(plural Mother Carey's chickens)
- The storm petrel