Definition of ternlet in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtəːnlɪt


  • (In Australia, New Zealand, and India) a small tern.
    • Family Sternidae (or Laridae): several species, in particular the grey ternlet (Procelsterna cerulea) (alternative name: blue-grey noddy)
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    • Lesser known to the general public are grey ternlets which generally stay well out at sea but may shelter on land during continuously stormy weather.
    • Boobies nest along the windy cliffs, white terns drift like snowflakes among the kentia palm forests and ternlets nest along the base of the cliffs.
    • Storm petrels and grey ternlets skimmed the waves around us.

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