Found 2 items, similar to tern.
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n : small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail
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, a. [L. pl. terni three each, three; akin to tres
three. See Three
, and cf. Trine
Threefold; triple; consisting of three; ternate.
(Bot.), flowers growing three and three
(Bot.), leaves arranged in threes, or three by
three, or having three in each whorl or set.
(Bot.), three peduncles growing together
from the same axis.
(Naut.), a three-masted schooner.
(t[~e]rn), n. [Dan. terne, t[ae]rne; akin to Sw.
t["a]rna, Icel. [thorn]erna; cf. NL. sterna.] (Zo["o]l.)
Any one of numerous species of long-winged aquatic birds,
allied to the gulls, and belonging to Sterna
Note: Terns differ from gulls chiefly in their graceful form,
in their weaker and more slender bills and feet, and
their longer and more pointed wings. The tail is
usually forked. Most of the species are white with the
back and wings pale gray, and often with a dark head.
The common European tern (Sterna hirundo
) is found
also in Asia and America. Among other American species
are the arctic tern (Sterna paradis[ae]a
roseate tern (Sterna Dougalli
), the least tern
), the royal tern (Sterna maxima
), and the sooty tern (Sterna fuliginosa
. See Fairy bird
, under Fairy
, any tern of the genus Hydrochelidon
frequent marshes and rivers and feed largely upon insects.
, any tern belonging to Se["e]na
genera which frequent rivers.
, any tern of the genus Thalasseus
. Terns of this
genus have very long, pointed wings, and chiefly frequent
seas and the mouths of large rivers.
, n. [F. terne. See Tern
That which consists of, or pertains to, three things or
numbers together; especially, a prize in a lottery resulting
from the favorable combination of three numbers in the
drawing; also, the three numbers themselves.
She'd win a tern in Thursday's lottery. --Mrs.