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Sea fowl

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Sea fowl (Zoöl) Any bird which habitually frequents the sea, as an auk, gannet, gull, tern, or petrel; also, all such birds, collectively.
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Usage

In literature:

Sea and Water Fowls, and Land Birds.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 16" by Robert Kerr
Countless birds and sea fowl hovered before the face of the cliffs and above the placid sea.
"The Story of Grenfell of the Labrador" by Dillon Wallace
Fishing, shooting sea-fowl, and exploring the interior on horseback, were Brock's chief pastimes.
"The Story of Isaac Brock" by Walter R. Nursey
But the fowls of the air and the fishes of the sea are of all lovely forms and colours.
"We and the World, Part I" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
This is the case with water-fowl, and even, some think, with sea-fish.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
Wild fowl very plentiful along the sea coast and at mouth of Blackwater; free.
"The Sunny Side of Ireland" by John O'Mahony and R. Lloyd Praeger
The sea-fowls were flying around it.
"The Annals of the Poor" by Legh Richmond
Myriad wild fowl covered the sea.
"Vikings of the Pacific" by Agnes C. Laut
Besides, it's about time for the sea-fowl to fly southward.
"Left on Labrador" by Charles Asbury Stephens
One of my people found three sea-fowl's eggs.
"A Narrative Of The Mutiny, On Board His Majesty's Ship Bounty; And The Subsequent Voyage Of Part Of The Crew, In The Ship's Boat" by William Bligh
It was a mere sand-bank, which supplied them only with water and sea-fowl.
"Fighting the Whales" by R. M. Ballantyne
The cry of some sea-fowl as they passed sounded ominously in our ears.
"In the Eastern Seas" by W.H.G. Kingston
They related that their Islands numbered 32, and only produced fowls and sea-birds.
"The Philippine Islands" by John Foreman
Some are inhabited, others are the abode only of sea-fowl.
"Sunk at Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
Penguins are strange, interesting sea fowls having an inquisitive and fearless nature.
"Wealth of the World's Waste Places and Oceania" by Jewett Castello Gilson
There were no animals to be seen, except a few sea-fowl.
"Work and Win" by Oliver Optic
Their name suggests that they were once the haunt of various kinds of sea-fowl.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
Then one saw admiringly that the simile "like a sea-fowl" was no metaphor, but exact.
"From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life" by Captain A. T. Mahan
Before Pete's boat reached it the fleet were sitting together, like a flight of sea-fowl, and the sun was almost gone.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Sea-fowl of various kinds are here innumerable; and the musquitoes, at certain seasons of the year, are very troublesome.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
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In poetry:

Cries the sea-fowl, hovering over,
"Crew, the crew?"
And the billow, reckless, rover,
Sweeps anew!
"Far Off-Shore" by Herman Melville
With eddying whirl the waters lock
Yon treeless mound forlorn,
The sharp-winged sea-fowl’s breeding-rock,
That fronts the Spouting Horn;
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
I love the sea when Neptune frowns,
And when a mighty gale sweeps down,
Lashing the waves to mountains high,
While leeward with a plaintive cry,
Before the blast, the sea fowls fly.
"The Heavy Weather Sailor" by Angus Cameron Robertson
The skorching heate of sommer he doth make,
the haruest and the spring:
And winters cold that maketh folke to quake,
in season he doth bring.
Both wethers, faire, and fowle, both sea & land,
Both night and day be ruled by his hand.
"A Tragedie of Abrahams Sacrifice" by Arthur Golding
The sea-fowl here, whose hearts none know,
They followed late the flag-ship quelled,
(As now the victor one) and long
Above her gurgling grave, shrill held
With screams their wheeling rites--then sped
Direct in silence where the victor led.
"The Haglets" by Herman Melville
And Loch Avoulyen lies like a silver sea with its forests green,
With its fields of rushes and headlands most enchanting to be seen,
And on the water, like a barge anchored by some dreamland shore,
There wild fowls sit, mirrored, by the score.
"Oban" by William Topaz McGonagall