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definition of the word albatross

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A black-browed albatross

An alteration of Portuguese word alcatraz (gannet), under influence of the Latin word albus (white); alcatraz comes from Arabic الغطاس (al-ġaţţās), the diver).

Singular
albatross

Plural
albatross or albatrosses

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.


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