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English noun: albatross

1. albatross (cognition) (figurative) something that hinders or handicaps

SamplesShe was an albatross around his neck.


Broader (hypernym)balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

2. albatross (animal) large web-footed birds of the southern hemisphere having long narrow wings; noted for powerful gliding flight


Broader (hypernym)oceanic bird, pelagic bird

Narrower (hyponym)black-footed albatross, Diomedea exulans, Diomedea nigripes, gooney, gooney bird, goonie, goony, wandering albatross

Member meronymDiomedeidae, family Diomedeidae

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