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mew

1
any seagull, esp the common gull, Larus canus

mew

2
a room or cage for hawks, esp while moulting

Mew

 

(Larus canus), also common European gull, a bird of the order Charadriiformes. The mew is about 50 cm long and weighs about 0.5 kg. The plumage is white below and bluish above; the tips of the wings are black and white. The bill is pale yellow. The bird is found in northern Europe, Asia, and North America. It is present year-round throughout the USSR except in the south, where it is found only in winter. The mew settles along rivers, lakes, and seas. It nests in colonies. A clutch contains two or three eggs, which are incubated for 25 or 26 days. The mew feeds on aquatic invertebrates, small fishes, rodents, wastes from fish-processing plants, and berries. It sometimes destroys the nests of other birds and eats the eggs and nestlings.

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Forth from the frigid mews come easily swinging carriages guided by short-legged coachmen in flaxen wigs, deep sunk into downy hammercloths, and up behind mount luscious Mercuries bearing sticks of state and wearing cocked hats broadwise, a spectacle for the angels.
I know you have bought him a velvet coat, and that he has taken a large, airy and commodious studio in Mews Lane, where you are to be found in a soft material on first and third Wednesdays.
It was the first she had heard of the mews behind Ducie Street.
Yes, in summer especially, the mews is a serious nuisance.
the mocking-bird that mews for all the world like a cat?
A few score yards down New Gaunt Street, and leading into Gaunt Mews indeed, is a little modest back door, which you would not remark from that of any of the other stables.
The principal chimney-sweep of that fashionable quarter lived at the blind end of Mews Street; and the same corner contained an establishment much frequented about early morning and twilight for the purchase of wine-bottles and kitchen-stuff.
Arthur Clennam came to a squeezed house, with a ramshackle bowed front, little dingy windows, and a little dark area like a damp waistcoat-pocket, which he found to be number twenty-four, Mews Street, Grosvenor Square.
Mr Barnacle made him a severe bow, as a wounded man of family, a wounded man of place, and a wounded man of a gentlemanly residence, all rolled into one; and he made Mr Barnacle a bow, and was shut out into Mews Street by the flabby footman.
A milk boy, passing on his way to the dairy, happened to walk down the lane which leads from the mews at the back of the hotel.
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