I'm Spanish and we have the word gaviota to describe the marine bird. Searching for the translation I have found that can be translated as gull and seagull. Is there any difference in the meaning between both?

  • A gull is bigger then a seagul
    – Jay
    Commented Nov 8, 2017 at 19:45

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Not in this context, no.

"Gull" can be used as a verb, where it means to trick someone. But the nouns are synonyms.

  • Gull is also used as a noun for the victim of the fraud. Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 14:54
  • I don't think I've ever heard/seen that usage @StoneyB. Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 15:18

My dictionary tells me that seagull is "a popular name for a gull".

Some distant knowledge tells me that the proper term is gull, but I practically exclusively use "seagull" to refer to this bird (and any that look remotely similar)

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    Yes, gull is the proper name but practically everyone calls them seagulls.
    – ssav
    Commented Oct 22, 2015 at 15:39

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