Definition of kittiwake in English:


Line breaks: kitti|wake
Pronunciation: /ˈkɪtɪweɪk


  • A small gull that nests in colonies on sea cliffs, having a loud call that resembles its name.
    • Genus Rissa, family Laridae: two species, in particular the black-legged Rissa tridactyla of the North Atlantic and North Pacific
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    • The northwards path along a rocky coastline takes you to the castle, a romantic ruin where kittiwakes, cormorants and fulmars nest on whinstone cliffs.
    • Bempton is the largest seabird colony in England and is home to a breathtaking array of gannets, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes, fulmars - and puffins.
    • Coastal and seabird numbers have remained stable, with big increases in guillemot numbers balancing the decline in kittiwakes.


early 17th century (originally Scots): imitative of its call.

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