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Meaning of tern

tern

Pronunciation: (tûrn), [key]
— n.
  1. any of numerous aquatic birds of the subfamily Sterninae of the family Laridae, related to the gulls but usually having a more slender body and bill, smaller feet, a long, deeply forked tail, and a more graceful flight, esp. those of the genus Sterna, as S. hirundoof Eurasia and America, having white, black, and gray plumage.

tern

Pronunciation: (tûrn), [key]
— n.
  1. a set of three.
  2. three winning numbers drawn together in a lottery.
  3. a prize won by drawing these.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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