Complete Definition of "albatross"

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English
Image:Albatros ceja negra - paso drake - noviembre 2005.jpg|thumb|A black-browed albatross

Etymology 1
An alteration of Portuguese language|Portuguese word alcatraz (= "gannet"), under influence of the Latin word albus ("white"); alcatraz comes from Arabic language|Arabic al-ġaţţās ("the diver").

Noun
en-noun|pl=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

Translations
trans-top|seabird
Arabic: القَطْرَس
Bosnian: albatros m, burnica f
Chinese: 信天翁 (xintianweng)
Croatian: albatros m, burnica f
Dutch: albatros m
Finnish: albatrossi
French: albatros m
German: Albatros m
Italian: albatro m, albatros m
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Japanese: あほうどり (ahōdori)
Korean: 신천옹 sincheon-ong
Maltese: albatros m, albatrosa f
Portuguese: albatroz
Russian: альбатрос (al'batrós) m
Serbian:
:Cyrillic: албатрос m, бурница f
:Roman: albatros m, burnica f
Spanish: аlbatros m
Swedish: #Swedish|albatross
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trans-top|three under par
Dutch: albatros m
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German: Albatros m
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Etymology 2
From w:Samuel Taylor Coleridge|Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem w:The Rime of the Ancient Mariner|The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, from the seabird.

Noun
en-noun|pl=albatross or albatrosses

  1. idiom A long-term impediment, burden, or curse.

#: Energy is the Albatross of U.S. National Security. - w:United States Senate|Senator w:Richard Lugar|Richard Lugar

Translations
long-term impediment

Category:Birds
Category:Portuguese derivations

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