Definition of alcid in English:


Syllabification: al·cid
Pronunciation: /ˈalsid


  • A bird of the auk family (Alcidae); an auk or puffin.
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    • Usually you can expect to see great numbers of pelagic birds - gannets, shearwaters, jaegers, storm-petrels, alcids - that live mainly at sea.
    • Closely related to the Tufted Puffin, the Rhinoceros Auklet is a large alcid with a wedge-shaped head.
    • One would imagine this place to be a paradise of alcids of all types, guillemots, dovekies, puffins, razorbills, murres, and murrelets all splashing around in their black and white finery.


late 19th century: modern Latin Alcidae, from Alca (genus name), based on Old Norse álka 'razorbill'; compare with auk.

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