Definition of dovekie in English:

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dovekie

Pronunciation: /ˈdəvkē/

noun

chiefly North American
A small, stubby short-billed auk (seabird) with black plumage and white underparts, breeding in the Arctic.
  • Alle alle, family Alcidae
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • The current study identified a close relationship between the great auk and the dovekie.
  • A patchy distribution of crustaceans (including T. libellula) in the NOW was indicated in a study of the diet of dovekies.

Origin

Early 19th century (originally denoting the black guillemot, Cepphus grylle, also formerly called the Greenland dove): from a Scots diminutive of dove1.

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