(also goony bird)
Definition of gooney bird in English:
Another term for an albatross of the North Pacific.
- Genus Diomedea, family Diomedeidae: the Laysan albatross (D. immutabilis) and the black-footed albatross (D. nigripes)
- The Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge is the nesting ground for some two million seabirds spanning 15 species, including the Laysan albatrosses (better known as ‘gooney birds’).
- Nicknamed ‘gooney birds’ by GIs for their awkward gait, albatross mate for life.
mid 19th century: of unknown origin.
Definition of gooney bird in:
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