Definitions for Albatrossˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒs
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
al•ba•tross*ˈæl bəˌtrɔs, -ˌtrɒs(n.)(pl.)-tross•es; -tross
Ref: Also called gooney bird. 1
a seemingly inescapable moral or emotional burden, as of guilt or responsibility.
something burdensome that impedes action or progress.
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Origin of albatross:
1675–85; var. of algatross frigate bird < Pg alcatraz pelican
(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
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.
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.
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