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Larus is a large genus of gulls with worldwide distribution (although by far the greatest species diversity is in the Northern Hemisphere). The genus name is from LatinLarus which appears to have referred to a gull or other large seabird.

Many of its species are abundant and well-known birds in their ranges. Until about 2005–2007, most gulls were placed in this genus, but this arrangement is now known to be polyphyletic, leading to the resurrection of the genera Ichthyaetus, Chroicocephalus, Leucophaeus, and Hydrocoloeus (this last had been recognized more often than the other genera) for several species traditionally included in Larus.

They are in general medium to large birds, typically grey or white, often with black markings on the head or wings. They have stout, longish bills and webbed feet.

The taxonomy of the large gulls in the herring and lesser black-backed complex is very complicated, different authorities recognising between two and eight species.

Usage examples of "larus".

King Larus yelled, glaring past the giant circular pit of flames that lighted the council hall.

What Larus was referring to was the restlessness searing through their brains.

Striding across the main hall of the castle, Larus went to find them for himself.

Spinning on his heels, he stopped, seeing Larus watching from the side passage.

Maestro Larus dismissed her with another flick of his hand and an acidic look, before he marked his paper again and turned it over to the last page.

Teres filled the craft as he and Larus went through the preflight check.

She tried to focus on Larus, who lay slumped in his seat, bleeding from a terrible gash in his forehead.

If Larus or Conti had survived, they might have been able to guess, but she lacked that technical expertise.

Without Larus and Conti it would be difficult, if not impossible, for her to travel about, searching for Haddar.

No doubt Larus, the dead pilot, had intended to explain all that to her when they arrived.

From a scattered body of gulls, working slowly against the wind with angled wings, Stephen had picked out what was almost certainly Larus canus, usual enough in the Irish parts of his youth, some of which had been spent in the west, where they nested in quantities on the cliffs and the more lonely strands, but quite rare in these waters, and he was just about to say 'I believe I see a common gull' when Martin asked 'How would you render peripateia?