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fairy tern

Syllabification: fair·y tern

Definition of fairy tern in English:

noun

A small white tropical tern that lays its single egg on a narrow ledge or on the bare branch of a tree. When it flies against a bright sky, the wings appear somewhat translucent, allowing the bone structure to be seen.
  • Gygis alba, family Sternidae
Example sentences
  • Other birds on the island include boobies, fairy terns, frigate birds, and a good-sized population of friendly ground doves, a species classed as internationally vulnerable.
  • Fairy Terns use trees for breeding, although they do not build a nest.

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