any of several white gulls, as Larus marinus (great black-backed gull) having a black back and wings.
Historical Examples

The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North Fullerton Waldo
Johnstone of the Border Harold Bindloss

either of two common black-and-white European coastal gulls, Larus fuscus (lesser black-backed gull) and L. marinus (great black-backed gull)
Also called karoro. a southern gull, larus dominicanus, with black feathers on its back


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