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2009-09-14 12:40:00

Conservationists say the first ever positive identification at sea of the Fijian petrel raised hopes for the survival of the world's most mysterious and endangered seabirds, AFP reported. The Fiji petrel virtually disappeared and has not been positively identified since the last specimen was documented in 1855. However, the first time the chocolate colored petrel had ever been positively identified on the water came during a successful 11-day expedition by scientists to the seas off the...


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callithump
  • A somewhat riotous parade, accompanied with the blowing of tin horns, and other discordant noises; also, a burlesque serenade; a charivari.
'Callithump' is a back-formation of 'callithumpian,' a 'fanciful formation' according to the Oxford English Dictionary. However, the English Dialect Dictionary, says 'Gallithumpians' is a Dorset and Devon word from the 1790s that refers to 'a society of radical social reformers' or 'noisy disturbers of elections and meetings.'
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