Mother-carey-s-chicken meaning

kârēz
A petrel, especially a storm-petrel.
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The storm petrel.
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Origin of mother-carey-s-chicken

  • Possibly alteration and partial translation of Medieval Latin māter cāra Virgin Mary Latin māter mother Latin cāra feminine of cārus dear kā- in Indo-European roots

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