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Definition of great auk in English:

noun

A large extinct flightless auk (seabird) of the North Atlantic, resembling a giant razorbill. The great auk was the originalpenguin’; many were taken for food, and the last individuals were killed on an islet off Iceland in 1844.
  • Alca (or Pinguinus) impennis, family Alcidae
Example sentences
  • Some have become extinct, the great auk, the passenger pigeon and the famous dodo bird have all disappeared.
  • Apart from the globally-extinct great auk, the bustard is the only bird known to have bred in Britain that hasn't done so in recent times.
  • In the early 19th century another alcid, the great auk, still inhabited the North Atlantic waters.

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