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gull 1 (gŭl)
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n.
Any of various chiefly coastal seabirds of the family Laridae, having long wings, webbed feet, a thick, slightly hooked beak, and usually gray and white plumage.

[Middle English gulle, possibly of Brythonic origin.]

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gull 2 (gŭl)
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A person who is easily tricked or cheated; a dupe.
tr.v. gulled, gull·ing, gulls
To deceive or cheat.

[Probably from gull, to swallow (obsolete), from Middle English golen, to pretend to swallow, from gole, throat, perhaps from Old French goule; see GULLET.]

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