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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tern mean? 

TERN (noun)
  The noun TERN has 1 sense:

1. small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail

  Familiarity information: TERN used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

TERN (noun)

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Small slender gull having narrow wings and a forked tail

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Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("tern" is a kind of...):

larid (long-winged web-footed aquatic bird of the gull family)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tern"):

sea swallow; Sterna hirundo (common tern of Eurasia and America having white black and grey plumage)

Holonyms ("tern" is a member of...):

Sterninae; subfamily Sterninae (terns)

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