from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The little auk or sea-dove, Mergulus alle, or Alle nigricans. See cut under
- noun The Indian goatsucker, Caprimulgus asiaticus: so called because its note resembles “the sound of a stone scudding over ice.”
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It is a true ice-bird, and, it may almost be said, scarcely a water-bird at all, for it is seldom seen swimming on the surface, and it can dive as little as its relatives, the glaucous gull and the kittiwake.
The Voyage of the Vega round Asia and Europe, Volume I and Volume II
An ice-bird was caught, and a very pretty bird it is, almost pure white, with delicate blue feet and beak.
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