Definition of dovekie in English:


Line breaks: dove|kie
Pronunciation: /ˈdʌvki


chiefly North American
  • another term for little auk.
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    • 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.


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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