Definition of mutton bird in English:

mutton bird

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noun

  • A shearwater or petrel of the southern oceans.
    • Family Procellariidae: several species, in particular (in Australia) the short-tailed shearwater (Puffinus tenuirostris), and (in New Zealand) the sooty shearwater (P. griseus)

Origin

early 19th century: because when cooked, the flesh of some species resembles mutton in flavour.

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