albatross

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Uncertain. Probably from Spanish or Portuguese alcatraz (pelican, gannet, albatross), probably derived from Arabic الْغَطَّاس(al-ḡaṭṭās, the diver) (compare Alcatraz); 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. Any of various African and Asian pierid butterflies of the genus Appias. Some species of this genus are also known as puffins.
  3. (golf) A double eagle, or three under par on any one hole, except a par 3 hole.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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See albatross around one’s neck.

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albatross (plural albatrosses)

  1. (figuratively) A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.
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  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “albatross”, in Online Etymology Dictionary

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

  1. albatross

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

  1. albatross

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  • IPA(key): /ˈalbatrɔs/, /ˈalbatˌrɔs/, /ˌalbatˈrɔs/

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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)