Gull, n. Zool. One of many species of long-winged sea birds of the genus Larus and allied genera.
Note: ☞ Among the best known American species are the herring gull (Larus argentatus), the great black-backed gull (L. murinus) the laughing gull (L. atricilla), and Bonaparte's gull (L. Philadelphia). The common European gull is Larus canus.
Gull teaser Zool., the jager; -- also applied to certain species of terns.
Her·ring n. Zool. One of various species of fishes of the genus Clupea, and allied genera, esp. the common round or English herring (Clupea harengus) of the North Atlantic. Herrings move in vast schools, coming in spring to the shores of Europe and America, where they are salted and smoked in great quantities.
Herring gull Zool., a large gull which feeds in part upon herrings; esp., Larus argentatus in America, and Larus cachinnans in England. See Gull.
Herring hog Zool., the common porpoise.
King of the herrings. Zool. (a) The chimaera (Chimaera monstrosa) which follows the schools of herring. Called also rabbit fish in the U. K. See Chimaera. (b) The opah.
n : large gull of the northern hemisphere [syn: herring gull]