Definition of auk in English:

auk

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Pronunciation: /ɔːk
 
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noun

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, razorbills, puffins, and their relatives
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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