(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps
"she was an albatross around his neck"
large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight
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.
A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole
A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.
Origin: An alteration of word alcatraz, under influence of the word albus; alcatraz comes from قطرس.
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
Origin: [Corrupt. fr. Pg. alcatraz cormorant, albatross, or Sp. alcatraz a pelican: cf. Pg. alcatruz, Sp. arcaduz, a bucket, fr. Ar. al-qdus the bucket, fr. Gr. ka`dos, a water vessel. So an Arabic term for pelican is water-carrier, as a bird carrying water in its pouch.]
Albatross, originally named Albatros, later Alk, was a sailing ship that became famous when she sank in 1961 with a group of American teenagers on board. The events were the basis for the highly fictionalized film White Squall.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
al′ba-tros, n. a large, long-winged, web-footed sea-bird of remarkable powers of flight, found abundantly in the Southern Ocean, particularly near the Cape of Good Hope. [Corr. from Alcatras (q.v.), perh. with reference to albus, white, from its colour.]
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the largest and strongest of sea-birds, that ranges over the southern seas, often seen far from land; it is a superstition among sailors that it is disastrous to shoot one.
The numerical value of Albatross in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Albatross in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
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- затруднение, албатросBulgarian
- albatrosCatalan, Valencian
- albatrossi, rasite, heikkousFinnish
- albatros, albatroItalian
- 信天翁, アホウドリJapanese
- 信天翁, 신천옹Korean
- albatros, albatrosaMaltese
- tónteel tsídiitsohNavajo, Navaho
- албатрос, burnica, бурница, albatrosSerbo-Croatian
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