Definition of auk in English:


Syllabification: auk


  • A short-winged diving seabird found in northern oceans, typically with a black head and black and white underparts.
    • Family Alcidae (the auk family), which comprises the guillemots, murres, razorbills, puffins, and their relatives. See also great auk, dovekie
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    • The long Norwegian coast is home to millions of seabirds, including a large number of auks and kittiwakes, which are found in the northern half of the country.
    • Perhaps the only exceptions are auks, penguins and other birds which ‘fly’ under water.
    • The auks ' ecological niche was similar to the penguins ’, but not the same.


late 17th century: from Old Norse álka 'razorbill'.

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