albatross

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Probably from Spanish or Portuguese alcatraz (pelican), probably derived from Arabic الْغَطَّاس (al-ḡaṭṭās, the diver); or from Portuguese alcatruz (water wheel bucket), from Arabic الْقَادُوس (al-qādūs), from Ancient Greek κάδος (kádos, pail, jar), in reference to the pouch of a pelican.[1] In either case, altered under the influence of Latin albus (white). Not derived from modern Arabic قَطْرَس (qaṭras, albatross), which is perhaps borrowed from Spanish.

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An Albatross

Noun[edit]

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, except a par 3 hole.
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Etymology 2[edit]

See albatross around one’s neck.

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Noun[edit]

albatross (plural albatross or albatrosses)

  1. (figuratively) A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.
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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

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albatross m (definite singular albatrossen, indefinite plural albatrosser, definite plural albatrossene)

  1. albatross

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

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albatross m (definite singular albatrossen, indefinite plural albatrossar, definite plural albatrossane)

  1. albatross

Swedish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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albatross c (definite plural albatrossen, indefinite plural albatrosser, definite plural albatrosserna)

  1. albatross
  2. (golf) an albatross or double eagle (a score of three strokes under par for a hole)