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Meaning of albatross by Wiktionary Dictionary

albatross


    Etymology

    An alteration of Portuguese word alcatraz ( “gannet” ), under influence of the Latin word albus ( “white” ); alcatraz comes from Arabic القطرس ( al-qaṭrās', “sea eagle” ) .

    Noun

    albatross ( plural: albatross or albatrosses )

    1. Any of various large seabirds of the family Diomedeidae ranging widely in the Southern Ocean and the North Pacific and having a hooked beak and long narrow wings .
    2. ( golf ) A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole
    3. ( idiomatic ) A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.

    Synonyms

    • ( seabird ): gooney bird, gooney, goonie


Explanation of albatross by Wordnet Dictionary

albatross


    Noun
    1. large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings

    2. something that hinders or handicaps

    3. she was an albatross around his neck


    Definition of albatross by GCIDE Dictionary

    albatross


    1. Albatross n. [Corrupt. fr. Pg. alcatraz cormorant, albatross, or Sp. alcatraz a pelican: cf. Pg. alcatruz, Sp. arcaduz, a bucket, fr. Ar. al-qādus the bucket, fr. Gr. κάδος, a water vessel. So an Arabic term for pelican is water-carrier, as a bird carrying water in its pouch.] ( Zool. ) A web-footed bird, of the genus Diomedea, of which there are several species. They are the largest of sea birds, capable of long-continued flight, and are often seen at great distances from the land. They are found chiefly in the southern hemisphere.