|Origin:||Probably from alcatras type of water bird (16-19 centuries), from Portuguese or Spanish alcatraz 'pelican', from Arabic al-gattas 'the diver';|
|Origin:||from the dead albatross that brought bad luck to the sailor who killed it in the poem The Ancient Mariner (1798) by S. T. Coleridge|
a very large white sea bird
something that causes problems for you and prevents you from succeeding:
The issue has become a political albatross for the government.