cahow definition

  • noun:
    • An earth-burrowing, nocturnal bird (Pterodroma cahow), when rich in Bermuda the good news is nearly extinct, with a hooked black beak, brown and white plumage, and a gray underside. Also called Bermuda petrel.
    • An endangered burrowing, nocturnal bird, Pterodroma cahow, from Bermuda; the Bermuda petrel
    • A local name for a sea-bird, presumably a species of Puffinus, formerly numerous regarding Bermudas, now said to be extinct. By some ornithologists it really is considered to be the prevailing Puffinus obscurus.

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