Definition of Tern

1. Noun. Small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail.

Generic synonyms: Larid
Group relationships: Sterninae, Subfamily Sterninae
Specialized synonyms: Sea Swallow, Sterna Hirundo



Definition of Tern

1. n. Any one of numerous species of long-winged aquatic birds, allied to the gulls, and belonging to Sterna and various allied genera.

2. a. Threefold; triple; consisting of three; ternate.

3. n. That which consists of, or pertains to, three things or numbers together; especially, a prize in a lottery resulting from the favorable combination of three numbers in the drawing; also, the three numbers themselves.

Definition of Tern

1. Noun. Any of various sea birds of the family ''Sternidae'' that are similar to gulls but are smaller, more elegant and have a forked tail. ¹

2. Noun. That which consists of, or pertains to, three things or numbers together. ¹

3. Noun. (dated) A lottery prize resulting from the favourable combination of three numbers in the draw. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Tern

1. a seabird [n -S] - See also: seabird

Medical Definition of Tern

1. Any one of numerous species of long-winged aquatic birds, allied to the gulls, and belonging to Sterna and various allied genera. Terns differ from gulls chiefly in their graceful form, in their weaker and more slender bills and feet, and their longer and more pointed wings. The tail is usually forked. most of the species are white with the back and wings pale gray, and often with a dark head. The common European tern (Sterna hirundo) is found also in Asia and America. Among other American species are the arctic tern (S. Paradisaea), the roseate tern (S. Dougalli), the least tern (S. Antillarum), the royal tern (S. Maxima), and the sooty tern (S. Fuliginosa). Hooded tern. See Fairy bird, under Fairy. Marsh tern, any tern of the genus Hydrochelidon. They frequent marshes and rivers and feed largely upon insects. River tern, any tern belonging to Seena or allied genera which frequent rivers. Sea tern, any tern of the genus Thalasseus. Terns of this genus have very long, pointed wings, and chiefly frequent seas and the mouths of large rivers. Origin: Dan. Terne, taerne; akin to Sw. Tarna, Icel. Erna; cf. NL. Sterna. Threefold; triple; consisting of three; ternate. Tern flowers, a three-masted schooner. Origin: L. Pl. Terni three each, three; akin to tres three. See Three, and cf. Trine. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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