Kittiwake definition

kĭtē-wāk
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Either of two gray gulls, Rissa tridactyla or R. brevirostris of northern oceans, that nest in colonies on sea cliffs.
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Any of a genus (Rissa) of small gulls of the northern oceans, that nest in cliffs and have a short or rudimentary hind toe.
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Either of two small gulls in the genus Rissa of the family Laridae that nest in colonies on sea cliffs and spend the winter on the open ocean.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kittiwake
Plural:
kittiwakes

Origin of kittiwake

  • Perhaps imitative of its cry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition