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  5  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Jager  \Ja"ger\,  n.  [G.  j["a]ger  a  hunter,  a  sportsman.  Cf 
  {Yager}.]  [Written  also  {jaeger}.] 
  1.  (Mil.)  A  sharpshooter.  See  {Yager}. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.)  Any  species  of  gull  of  the  genus 
  {Stercorarius}.  Three  species  occur  on  the  Atlantic  coast. 
  The  jagers  pursue  other  species  of  gulls  and  force  them  to 
  disgorge  their  prey.  The  two  middle  tail  feathers  are 
  usually  decidedly  longer  than  the  rest.  Called  also 
  {boatswain},  and  {marline-spike  bird}.  The  name  is  also 
  applied  to  the  skua,  or  Arctic  gull  ({Megalestris  skua}). 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Skua  \Sku"a\,  n.  [Icel.  sk?fr,  sk?mr.]  (Zo["o]l.) 
  Any  jager  gull;  especially,  the  {Megalestris  skua};  --  called 
  also  {boatswain}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tropic  \Trop"ic\,  a. 
  Of  or  pertaining  to  the  tropics;  tropical. 
 
  {Tropic  bird}  (Zo["o]l.),  any  one  of  three  species  of  oceanic 
  belonging  to  the  genus  {Pha["e]thon},  found  chiefly  in 
  tropical  seas.  They  are  mostly  white,  and  have  two  central 
  tail  feathers  very  long  and  slender.  The  yellow-billed 
  tropic  bird.  {Pha["e]thon  flavirostris}  (called  also 
  {boatswain}),  is  found  on  the  Atlantic  coast  of  America, 
  and  is  common  at  the  Bermudas,  where  it  breeds. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Boatswain  \Boat"swain\,  n.  [Boat  +  swain.] 
  1.  (Naut.)  An  officer  who  has  charge  of  the  boats,  sails, 
  rigging,  colors,  anchors,  cables,  cordage,  etc.,  of  a 
  ship,  and  who  also  summons  the  crew,  and  performs  other 
  duties. 
 
  2.  (Zo["o]l.) 
  a  The  jager  gull. 
  b  The  tropic  bird. 
 
  {Boatswain's  mate},  an  assistant  of  the  boatswain.  --Totten. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  boatswain 
  n  :  a  petty  officer  on  a  merchant  ship  who  controls  the  work  of 
  other  seamen  [syn:  {bos'n},  {bo's'n},  {bosun},  {bo'sun}] 




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