from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skimmer, a bird. See Rhynchops.


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  • Though a man of first rating aboard ship, he's a mere child when ashore; and would be no more able to protect himself against the land-sharks of San Francisco, than he was to get out of the way of that sea-skimmer at Guaymas.

    The Flag of Distress A Story of the South Sea Mayne Reid 1850

  • The Sampson radar is mounted at the destroyer's masthead, allowing it to see as far over the horizon as is feasible from a surface ship - perhaps offering several tens of seconds 'warning of an inbound supersonic sea-skimmer**.

    The Register 2010

  • The Russians came out with a sea-skimmer we call Sunburn - "

    The Bear and the Dragon Clancy, Tom, 1947- 2000


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