albatross

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Related to albatrosses: Diomedeidae, wandering albatross
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Synonyms for albatross

an albatross around your neck

Synonyms for albatross

(figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

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"Albatrosses and other seabirds are long-lived predators that fly very long distances to forage at sea and nest on land.
"There is always the risk of self-indulgence in novels driven by their own audacious central conceit, but luckily Matt Haig has a real feeling for what it is to be an outsider, and makes you entirely believe in the weariness of the centuries-old'albas' (albatrosses) secretly living among the rest of us giddily short-lived 'mays' (mayflies).
Our reading of the poem sufficiently supports our conviction that day in and day out we indiscriminately kill our Albatrosses: in religious fanaticism; in political dissention; in racial excommunication; and in countless other notorious self-fabrications as pretexts for slaughtering and plundering.
Getting there and being part of their world is an incredible experience." She believes the fate of albatrosses has wider implications for the entire Southern Ocean ecosystem.
WEALTHY pop icon Sting has revealed his children will not inherit his PS180m fortune - and told of his fear that his riches are "albatrosses round their necks".
Not long after WHOI oceanographer Phil Richardson examined how albatrosses elegantly harness winds and waves to fly (a phenomenon called "dynamic soaring"), he began working with radio-controlled (R/C) glider pilots to see if they could exploit the seabirds' flight strategies.
In fact, albatrosses are being killed in such vast numbers that they can't breed fast enough to keep up, putting them in real danger of extinction.
Incidental mortality from fishing has long been recognized as a threat to the long-term viability of vulnerable seabird populations, particularly albatrosses (Diomedea, Phoebastria, Thalassarche, Phoebetria spp.) (Weimerskirch and Jouventin, 1987; Gales, 1993; Croxall et al., 1998).
But researchers from the French National Centre of Scientific Research and the German Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, who have been observing a breeding colony of wandering albatrosses on the Crozet Islands in the Southern Ocean for the past four decades, report that on average, the birds have gained one kilogram--about ten per cent of their body weight over the past 20 years.
HELP stamp out threats to albatrosses during the season of goodwill.
Albatrosses are the largest flying birds in the world, but it's estimated around 80,000 of them are killed each year by long-line fishing vessels.
At RSPB we have a festive plea - we need your help to stamp out threats to albatrosses during the season of goodwill.
In fact, the Japanese name for STAL, ahoudori, means "stupid bird." Unlike the dodo, however, albatrosses are powerful fliers, and their young remain at sea for 5 to 8 years before returning to breed.