One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Audubon's shearwater, Puffinus lherminieri, a small shearwater of tropical parts of the Indian, Pacific, and western Atlantic Oceans, whose head and body are black above and white below. Chiefly Caribbean in later use.
2Australian. Any of various honeyeaters of the genus Philemon, of northern and eastern Australia; a friarbird.
Early 17th century. Imitative of the bird's call, partly assimilated to Pimlico.
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