Definition of Manx shearwater in English:

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Manx shearwater

noun

A dark-backed shearwater that nests on remote islands in the northeastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Hawaiian waters.
  • Puffinus puffinus, family Procellariidae.
Example sentences
  • Faced with a mineral-deficient diet, red deer on the Scottish island of Rum resort to an unusual source of calcium: They munch chicks of a seabird known as the Manx shearwater.
  • Situated 16 miles off the west coast of northern Scotland, Rum has one of the world's largest colonies of Manx shearwaters.
  • The hatching success in the Manx shearwaters is strongly determined by the incidence of rainfall during the incubation period.

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Syllabification: Manx shear·wa·ter

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