FREGATA

(Fregatidae; Ϯ Ascension Frigatebird F. aquila) French mariners’ name Frégate for the swift, rapacious frigatebirds  < frégate  frigate, warship (originally based on Italian fregata, etymology unknown); "95. FRÉGATTE. Fregata. { Le bec long et très-crochu vers son extrémité." (de Lacépède 1799); "Fregata Lacépède, Tabl. Ois., 1799, p. 15. Type, by subsequent designation, Pelecanus aquila Linné. (Daudin, Hist. Nat. Buffon, ed. Didot, Quadr., 14, 1802, p. 317.)" (Peters 1931, 1, 95).   
Var. Fregatta, Gregata.   
Synon. Aquilus, Atagen, Parvifregata, Pelecanus, Tachypetes.

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Jobling, J. A. (2018). Key to Scientific Names in Ornithology. In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2018). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from www.hbw.com on 15 December 2018).