Either of two gray gulls (Rissa tridactyla or R. brevirostris) of northern Atlantic regions, that winter on the open ocean and nest in colonies on sea cliffs.(noun)
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Use "kittiwake" in a sentence
"Among the birds of the north the kittiwake is the best builder; for its nest is walled with straw and mud, and is very firm."
"A number of arctic marine mammal and bird species are circumpolar, and are represented by several populations and even subspecies (e.g., the bowhead whale, walrus, bearded seal, ringed seal, herring gull (Larus argentatus), glaucous gull (L. hyperboreus), and kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla))."