Definition of mew gull in English:

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mew gull

noun

chiefly North American
A migratory gull with greenish-gray legs, found locally in northern and eastern Eurasia and northwestern North America.
  • Larus canus, family Laridae.
Example sentences
  • Dainty mew gulls and the even smaller Bonaparte's were the most numerous gulls in this mixed bag.
  • The most common are the glaucous-winged gulls, mew gulls, black-legged kittiwakes, and Bonaparte's gulls.
  • Herring gulls can be separated from mew gulls by their larger size, pink legs, and larger bill with a subterminal red spot.

Origin

Mid 19th century: mew (in Old English meau 'mew gull'), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch meeuw and German Möwe.

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Syllabification: mew gull

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