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[goo-nee] /ˈgu ni/

any of several albatrosses, especially the black-footed albatross and the Laysan albatross, occurring on islands in the Pacific Ocean, often near naval bases.
Slang. a foolish or awkward person or thing; .
an informal name for the albatross, esp the black-footed albatross (Diomedea nigripes)

noun phrase

The DC-3 airplane: Pilots everywhere refer to it with great affection as the ”Gooney Bird” after the albatross

[WWII aviators; fr the slow but sure flight of the gooney bird, ”black-footed albatross,” the bird so called by seamen because of its foolish look and awkward behavior when on the ground]


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