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albatross


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Albatross  \Al"ba*tross\,  n.  [Corrupt.  fr  Pg  alcatraz 
  cormorant,  albatross,  or  Sp  alcatraz  a  pelican:  cf  Pg 
  alcatruz  Sp  arcaduz  a  bucket,  fr  Ar  al-q[=a]dus  the 
  bucket,  fr  Gr  ka`dos,  a  water  vessel.  So  an  Arabic  term  for 
  pelican  is  water-carrier,  as  a  bird  carrying  water  in  its 
  pouch.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  A  web-footed  bird,  of  the  genus  {Diomedea},  of  which  there 
  are  several  species.  They  are  the  largest  of  sea  birds, 
  capable  of  long-continued  flight,  and  are  often  seen  at  great 
  distances  from  the  land.  They  are  found  chiefly  in  the 
  southern  hemisphere. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  albatross 
  n  1:  (figurative)  something  that  hinders  or  handicaps;  "she  was 
  an  albatross  around  his  neck"  [syn:  {millstone}] 
  2:  large  web-footed  birds  of  the  southern  hemisphere  having 
  long  narrow  wings;  noted  for  powerful  gliding  flight 




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