<ornithology> One of many species of long-winged sea birds of the genus Larus and allied genera.

Among the best known American species are the herring gull (Larus argentatus), the great black-backed gull (L. Murinus) the laughing gull (L. Atricilla), and Bonaparte's gull (L. Philadelphia). The common European gull is Larus canus.

<zoology> Gull teaser, the jager; also applied to certain species of terns.

Origin: Of Celtic origin; cf. Corn. Gullan, W. Gwylan.

(01 Mar 1998)

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