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Alʹbatross

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The largest of web-footed birds, called by sailors the Cape Sheep, from its frequenting the Cape of Good Hope. It gorges itself, and then sits motionless upon the waves. It is said to sleep in the air, because its flight is a gliding without any apparent motion of its long wings. Sailors say it is fatal to shoot an albatross. Coleridge’s Ancient Mariner is founded on this superstition.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Alawy
Alb
Albadara
Alban (St.)
Albania
Albanian Hat (An)
Albano Stone
Albany
Albati
Albatross
Albert (An)
Albertazzo (in Orlando Furioso)
Albiazar (in Jerusalem Delivered)
Albigenses
Albin
Albino
Albino-poets
Albion
Albion
Albion the Giant

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Albatross