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Definition of albatross noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//‑ˌtrɑs//
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  1. 1a very large white bird with long wings that lives in the Pacific and Southern Oceans
  2. 2[usually singular] (formal) a thing that causes problems or prevents you from doing something The national debt is an albatross around the president's neck.
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